A Strategy for Stable Peace

Toward a Euroatlantic Security Community
November 2001
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"The United States, Russia, and all the nations of Europe could eliminate war as a means of settling disputes among themselves. It will not be easy but it is within their reach.” Thus begins this bold and yet pragmatic argument for creating a security community that runs from Vancouver to Vladivostock.

In A Strategy for Stable Peace, three eminent diplomats and scholars from Europe and the United States urge us to make the new decade a turning point in history. In place of the wars and near-wars that have plagued Euroatlantic relations over centuries, close and enduring cooperation can gradually be built on the basis of shared interests and common values.

After first outlining the concept of stable peace, the volume describes the current political, economic, and security climates within Russia, the European Union, and the United States, and then assesses various models before recommending a strategy for achieving a stable peace. Drawing on their extensive experience, the authors recommend a series of concrete, practicable policies, both long- and near-term, that the leaders of their nations can adopt.

James E. Goodby

James Goodby has been the State Department's chief negotiator for agreements with Belarus, Kazakstan, Russia, and Ukraine; vice chairman of the U.S. delegation to the START talks; and ambassador to Finland. Winner of a Heinz Award, Goodby has taught at Georgetown and Carnegie Mellon universities. He was a distinguished fellow at the United States Institute of Peace and a Payne distinguished lecturer at Stanford University's Institute for International Studies.

Petrus Buwalda

Petrus Buwalda, Dutch diplomat and author, was ambassador to Egypt, Sweden, and the Soviet Union and served at NATO headquarters and in Washington, D.C.

Dmitri Trenin

The first Russian to attend the NATO Defense College in Rome, Dmitri Trenin is currently deputy director of the Carnegie Moscow Center and a well-known writer on Russian security.

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