The Rise and Fall of Peace on Earth
The 25 years that followed the Cold War may have been the most peaceful in human history—a time when great-power conflict not only abated but actually seemed unthinkable. Now, with that peace ended by the revisionist powers of China, Russia, and Iran, can it ever be regained?
This question runs through The Rise and Fall of Peace on Earth, the newest book from TAI columnist and editorial board member Michael Mandelbaum. Examining the factors that underlay this unprecedented peace—and the foreign threats, compounded by Western policy errors, that brought it to an end—Mandelbaum delivers a message that is at once optimistic and pessimistic: “Happily, the world has a formula for genuine peace; unhappily, the world has no way of ensuring that all countries embrace it.”