Avoiding war, while securing nation’s vast global interests, is a perennial challenge for any United States president. This is especially true in today’s fraught international climate, when there are no shortage of flash points that could rapidly draw the nation into military conflict. But throughout history forward-looking statesmen like FDR, Gorbachev, Rabin, and Walesa – leaders who anticipated change and were willing to build alliances and engage with adversaries – were able to promote peace under testing circumstances. What would such a strategy of preventive engagement look like for the United States today? And what are the risks of such an approach to international relations?
Bruce W. Jentleson’s new book The Peacemakers: Leadership Lessons From Twentieth Century Statesmanship and Paul B. Stares’ new book Preventive Engagement: How America Can Avoid War, Stay Strong, and Keep the Peace will be available for sale and signing after the program from The Book Cellar.
Background reading and multimedia:
- Deep Dish: What's at Stake in Syria Strike
Brian Hanson, Dan De Luce and Dion Nissenbaum, Chicago Council on Global Affairs, April 12, 2018
- The Peacemakers: Leadership Lessons from 20th Century Statesmanship
Bruce Jentleson, Duke University Sanford of Public Policy, April 1, 2018
- Global Conflicts to Watch in 2018
Uri Friedman and Annabelle Timsit, The Atlantic, December 11, 2017