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America's Unifying Role in a Turbulent World
American military interventions have cost thousands of lives and billions of dollars, yet we rarely manage to enact positive and sustainable change. In Peace Works, ambassador and global conflict leader Rick Barton uses a mix of stories, history, and analysis for a transformative approach to foreign affairs and offers concrete and attainable solutions for the future.
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Provides one of the most thoughtful reflections yet on U.S. interventionism and peacemaking since the end of the Cold War. -- G. John Ikenberry, Princeton University * Foreign Affairs * "Immersed in more than 40 global conflicts over the past 25 years, Ambassador Rick Barton is among the world's most skilled and experienced diplomats and peace-builders. His honest reflections and deep understanding of the lessons he learned challenges traditional approaches and defines smart new global options." -- Senator George J. Mitchell "For four decades and through forty conflicts, Rick Barton has served his country all over the world. Can America really bring peace to peoples and places that have known only war? Yes it can, but only by humility, patience, and perseverance. In this elegantly written and thoughtful book, Ambassador Barton shows us how." -- Evan Thomas, author of "Ike's Bluff" and "Being Nixon" "Rick Barton tells stories that are simultaneously heart-wrenching and hopeful. Even as we scale back the grandeur of U.S. global ambition, this book offers valuable lessons about when, where, and how we can make a meaningful difference in many of the world's most dangerous and chaotic places." -- Anne-Marie Slaughter, President & CEO, New America "Haiti was a byword for chaos in 1994 when the UN Security Council authorized the restoration of President Bertrand Aristide to power. This provided Rick Barton, a singular American diplomat, with an opportunity to test some innovative thinking to make local people the primary concern when countries teeter on the edge of an abyss. There are important lessons in this fascinating memoir that today's global leadership should take to heart." -- William Lacy Swing, Director General, The UN Migration Agency (IOM)