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The Art of Peace

Engaging a Complex World, 1st Edition

By Juliana Geran Pilon


414 pages

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Sun Tzu, author of 'The Art of War', believed that the acme of leadership consists in figuring out how to subdue the enemy with the least amount of fighting—a fact that America's Founders also understood, and practiced with astonishing success. For it to work, however, a people must possess both the ability and the willingness to use all available instruments of power in peace as much as in war. US foreign policy has increasingly neglected the instruments of civilian power and become overly dependent on lethal solutions to conflict. The steep rise in unconventional conflict has increased the need for diplomatic and other non-hard power tools of statecraft. The United States can no longer afford to sit on the proverbial three-legged national security stool ("military, diplomacy, development"), where one leg is a lot longer than either of the other two, almost forgetting altogether the fourth leg—information, especially strategic communication and public diplomacy. The United States isn't so much becoming militarized as DE civilianized. According to Sun Tzu, self-knowledge is as important as knowledge of one's enemy: "if you know neither yourself nor the enemy, you will succumb in every battle." Alarmingly, the United States is deficient on both counts. And though we can stand to lose a few battles, the stakes of losing the war itself in this age of nuclear proliferation are too high to contemplate.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Colonel Michael R. Eastman



Introduction: Peace and Strategy

I. Sun Tzu's Acme of Skill

1 Opposites Detract

2 The Art of Information

3 Shaking the Invisible Hand

4 Leadership

II. The Founders' Art of Peace

5 Sovereignty and Self-Government

6 Influencing

7 Diplomacy and Commerce

8 A Brave New World

III. Strategic Deficit Disorder

9 American Self-Ignorance

10 Intelligence Deficit

11 Soft Power for Softies

12 One-Hand Clapping

13 Communication-Challenged

IV. Rebalancing to Win the Peace

14 Strategic Dialogue

15 Development Engagement

16 Peace-Building Reboot

17 Exceptionalism as Realpolitik

Conclusion: Medicine for a Sick World



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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General