- Paperback: 448 pages
- Publisher: Princeton University Press; Reprint edition (27 March 2012)
- Language: English
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- ISBN-13: 978-0691154381
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How Enemies Become Friends – The Sources of Stable Peace (Princeton Studies in International History and Politics) Paperback – Import, 27 Mar 2012
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Finalist for the 2011 Estoril Global Issues Distinguished Book Prize Honorable Mention for the 2011 Arthur Ross Book Award, Council on Foreign Relations "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 "How Enemies Become Friends is a highly important contribution to the debate in the United States on how to manage U.S. foreign and security policy in a world of considerably reduced U.S. power. Above all, Kupchan provides the historical and theoretical underpinning for ideas of strategic accommodation: the need for America to take large-scale and visible steps to acknowledge the power and the interests of other states, and, when necessary, to scale back its own regional ambitions and roles... The greatest strength of Kupchan's book is its extraordinarily wide-ranging account of different processes of strategic accommodation, restraint, and reconciliation through history--including a number of examples that are very rarely examined in international relations studies (the case of the Iroquois, for one)."--Anatol Lieven, Democracy "[A]n appropriately nuanced account of peacemaking that smartly frustrates traditional boundaries."--Ethics & International Affairs "[T]his is an important and eminently practical and transparent book of value to diplomats and statesmen... [I]n substance it is a clear and compelling one that, in addition, takes one into exotic politico-historic case study lore that you probably never knew before. I recommend it."--Marc E. Nicholson, AmericanDiplomacy.org "Kupchan's theoretical enterprise is as ambitious as the scope of his empirical inquiry is impressive... Kupchan gives his readers a lot of material to ponder."--Shiping Tang, World Politics "In a fascinating ... book, How Enemies Become Friends, Charles A. Kupchan reviews many historical case studies of how nation-states with a long history of conflict managed eventually to become secure and peaceful friends."--Robert Shiller, Project Syndicate "His book makes an important contribution to peace studies and it provides insights into less known cases from Asia and the Arab world... [H]is arguments are ... very convincing, and he gives us a better understanding of peace in international relations."--Alexander Kleibrink, Global Policy "[T]his book represents a provocative, compelling and eminently readable account of how international peace is forged and maintained."--Peter Harris, Political Studies Review "How Enemies Become Friends is a very insightful and well-written book which is certain to raise interest among students and researchers in IR, policymakers, and analysts, as well as the broader audience concerned with peace in world politics."--Fernando Cavalcante, Millennium: Journal of International Studies
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"Kupchan's book is fascinating, thought provoking, and consequential."--Henry Kissinger
"Using historical studies of rapprochement, security community, and union as pillars for a stable world order in the twenty-first century, Charles Kupchan once again leapfrogs conventional foreign policy wisdom. He rightly foresees the elements of and a blueprint for a new global commons, one constructed of mutual interest. This is a mature work produced by a mature thinker."--Gary Hart, former U.S. Senator
"This is a work of admirable breadth and unusual interest. Combining an interesting theoretical framework with an extraordinarily diverse set of case studies, Kupchan has produced a lucid work that should be valued by both the academic and policymaking worlds in sorting out the relationships among classic diplomacy, democracy, and peace."--Anthony Lake, Georgetown University
"In this intellectual tour de force Charles Kupchan provides a theoretically ambitious, admirably eclectic, and empirically rich account of the different worlds of international relations that are normally studied in isolation: anarchy, rapprochement, security community, and union. Statecraft not regime attributes, and politics not economic interdependence, put enemies on the pathway to peace, starting with unilateral accommodation and ending with the generation of new narratives and identities. This is a big book in every sense of the word and a major scholarly achievement."--Peter J. Katzenstein, Cornell University
"Theoretically ambitious and historically audacious, How Enemies Become Friends is an invaluable and timely contribution to our understanding of the causes of war and peace. Grounded in international relations scholarship and informed by an intimate knowledge of the actual practice of international security, Kupchan's book deserves to be read by scholars and practitioners alike."--Michael Barnett, University of Minnesota
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Mr. Kupchan is a highly influential adviser to the current Obama Administration. While I agree that his suggestions and observations have a high degree of applicability in the Western world, I strongly disagree on their applicability in the Islamic world from western Africa through to the Philippines.
In a time when simply accessing Islamic sources, would suggest a highly hateful, vengeful, retributive foreign and domestic policy atmosphere based upon the more conservative reading and application of the Koran and basic Islamic commentaries, Mr. Kupchan's ideas strike me as being not just highly naive but also damnably dangerous. I feel it will be a very long time before the views of HOW ENEMIES BECOME FRIENDS will have the slightest degree of applicability let alone real utility, in much of the Islamic world. President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi will need a vast number of religious supporters before the politics of Islamic states would be even slightly responsive to the views of Mr. Kupchan.
I would be totally delighted to be proved wrong over time; however, I will lay the responsibility for nuclear war starting in the Middle East squarely upon his shoulders, and those who have slavishly taken his views to heart.
Let me start with a few words about the book. It is very well written, and can be easily used as a textbook. One could read only the first two chapters, the final chapter, and the conclusions at the end of each chapter (all of these amount to less than a third of the whole) (in essence, you can skip the history), and still get a great understanding of the book (even though I would advise against it if time permits). In other words, could he fit the book's ideas into 30 pages? Yes. Are the rest worth it? Yes, *IF you are also interested in history. Finally, the language is plain - I could understand it all (or almost all?) even if not a native speaker.
Now about the contents. This book is about how war-torn communities can come together. In the first few chapters, Kupchan presents his methodology which I found simple and straighforward. There are "four phases of onset" regarding "stable peace": Unilateral Accomodation, Reciprocal Restraint, Societal Integration and Narrative Generation. Stable Peace is then divided into three forms: Rapprochement (usually just a peace treaty), Security Community (something like the NATO), and Union (usually a single country, and most predominately a federation).
Over the next chapters he proceeds by examining various cases in history which are for, and against, his arguments. In his case studies, he is providing a short and narrow (one could say overly limited) perspective. Successes include a) Rapprochement: GB-US, Norway-Sweden, Brazil-Argentina, b) Security Community: Concert of Europe, European Community, ASEAN, and c) Union: Swiss Confederation, Iroquis Confederation, UAE. Failures examined include a) Rapprochement: GB-Japan, USSR-China, b) Security Community: Concert of Europe, Gulf Cooperation Council, and c) Union: United Arab Republic and Senegambian Confederation. Finally, he examines the unification of the U.S., of Italy, and of Germany, as well as the US civil war, and the separation of Malaysia-Singapore.
Although much can be debated about the various specifics througout the book, Kupchan's point stand well versus much of the criticism. One would expect this book to be heavily oriented around neo-liberalism, but it is not. There ARE influences, and they are evident, but they do not dominate the text (as with Kupchan's previous work). Even for political realists, this would still be informative, I guess.
If you are into international integration theories then this book is NOT for you. As you saw before, the cases when he examines Unions are not exactly the best of examples for integration of ethnically-diverse communities.