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May 23

To Make and Keep Peace: Among Ourselves and with All Nations

Author Angelo Codevilla asks: What is to be America’s peace? How is it to be won and preserved in our time? He notes that our government’s increasingly unlimited powers flow in part from our statesmen’s inability to stay out of wars or to win them and that our statesmen and academics have ceased to think about such things. 

In his new book, To Make and Keep Peace, Dr. Codevilla argues for rekindling such thoughts and reestablishing early American statecraft’s understanding of peace – what it takes to make it and what it takes to keep it. He reminds Americans why our founding generation placed the pursuit of peace ahead of all other objectives; he shows how they tried to keep the peace by drawing sharp lines between America’s business and that of others, as well as between peace and war. He examines how our 20th Century statesmen confused peace and war as well as America’s affairs with that of mankind’s. He offers intellectual guidelines for recovering the pursuit of peace as the guiding principle by which the American people and statesmen may navigate domestic as well as international affairs. 

Angelo M. Codevilla, formerly a Senior Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution, is a Professor Emeritus of International Relations at Boston University. He was a Foreign Service officer and served on the Senate Intelligence Committee as well as on presidential transition teams. He is the author of, among others, Advice to War Presidents, Informing Statecraft, The Ruling Class: How They Corrupted America and What We Can Do About It, and A Student's Guide to International Relations.

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