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How Enemies Become Friends:
The Sources of Stable Peace
Charles A. Kupchan

Finalist for the 2011 Estoril Global Issues Distinguished Book Prize
Honorable Mention for the 2011 Arthur Ross Book Award, Council on Foreign Relations

Paperback | 2012 | $24.95 | £19.95 | ISBN: 9780691154381
448 pp. | 6 x 9 1/4 | 10 line illus. 6 tables.
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Is the world destined to suffer endless cycles of conflict and war? Can rival nations become partners and establish a lasting and stable peace? How Enemies Become Friends provides a bold and innovative account of how nations escape geopolitical competition and replace hostility with friendship. Through compelling analysis and rich historical examples that span the globe and range from the thirteenth century through the present, foreign policy expert Charles Kupchan explores how adversaries can transform enmity into amity--and he exposes prevalent myths about the causes of peace.

Kupchan contends that diplomatic engagement with rivals, far from being appeasement, is critical to rapprochement between adversaries. Diplomacy, not economic interdependence, is the currency of peace; concessions and strategic accommodation promote the mutual trust needed to build an international society. The nature of regimes matters much less than commonly thought: countries, including the United States, should deal with other states based on their foreign policy behavior rather than on whether they are democracies. Kupchan demonstrates that similar social orders and similar ethnicities, races, or religions help nations achieve stable peace. He considers many historical successes and failures, including the onset of friendship between the United States and Great Britain in the early twentieth century, the Concert of Europe, which preserved peace after 1815 but collapsed following revolutions in 1848, and the remarkably close partnership of the Soviet Union and China in the 1950s, which descended into open rivalry by the 1960s.

In a world where conflict among nations seems inescapable, How Enemies Become Friends offers critical insights for building lasting peace.


"Kupchan's magisterial accomplishment, drawing on an extraordinary range of theories and cases, is to provide an overarching account of when and why countries in conflict move toward stable peace. . . .This book will be read by scholars and policy thinkers for a very long time."--G. John Ikenberry, Foreign Affairs

"Kupchan has a lucid style and writes with authority and wisdom. In the course of his argument, he knocks firmly on the head a number of dangerously misleading nostrums."--G. R. Berridge, Hague Journal of Diplomacy

"[Kupchan] is one of those rare Americans with a genuinely global view of international relations. . . . By the time he reaches the end of his brilliant analysis, Kupchan has shown that diplomacy and wilful compromise are the real foundations of peace."--Gilles Andreani,Survival

"This wide-ranging comparative historical study seeks to discover why and how some adversaries not only achieved friendship but created zones of durable peace."--Choice

"How Enemies Become Friends is an ambitious book, which, through a combination of theoretical understanding and in-depth case studies, delivers a powerful argument that champions Obama's policy of engagement with Iran and China. Such an important topic demands vigorous analysis, which Kupchan is well qualified to deliver. . . . This book is entitled to serious consideration by those in the field of international relations."--Grace Nicholls, Majalla

"[A] learned, lucid, fascinating account."--Robert Cornwall, Christian Century

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Table of Contents:

List of Illustrations ix
Acknowledgments xi
CHAPTER ONE Stable Peace 1
CHAPTER TWO From International Anarchy to International Society 16
CHAPTER THREE Anglo-American Rapprochement 73
CHAPTER FOUR Rapprochement: Supporting Cases 112
CHAPTER FIVE Security Community 183
CHAPTER SEVEN Making Friends and Choosing Friends 389
Bibliography 415
Index 431


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