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The Rise and Fall of Peace on Earth The author s take on the post cold war era peace was very limited and did not look at the problem in a holistic or detailed manner When it comes to Russia and China, a lot of it was right but the author s claims that Iran is the sole reason for end of relative peace in the middle east is delusional Pretty much what the author keeps saying is the US, Israel, free market and democracy are good but Russia, China, Iran and any other forms of government economy are bad The book doesn t even addres The author s take on the post cold war era peace was very limited and did not look at the problem in a holistic or detailed manner When it comes to Russia and China, a lot of it was right but the author s claims that Iran is the sole reason for end of relative peace in the middle east is delusional Pretty much what the author keeps saying is the US, Israel, free market and democracy are good but Russia, China, Iran and any other forms of government economy are bad The book doesn t even address the implications of regime change wars by the US in the middle east or the hegemony of Saudi Arabia in the region The US is considered a benign hegemon, not addressing it s negative sphere of influence in south America and the middle east while at the same time criticizing Russia sphere of influence in eastern Europe by using its energy supply This is very hypocritical and underwhelming writing from such a distinguished individual The Rise and Fall of Peace on Earth by Michael Mandelbaum covers the time from the fall of the Soviet Union to the early years of Donald Trump and looks at how the peaceful equilibrium achieved in international relations with US Hegemony has eroded in the last 20 years This book breaks into three areas that focus on three antagonists in each area Russia s resurgence especially under Vladimir Putin has been a destabilization factor in both Ukraine and the caucuses with threats to the Baltic sta The Rise and Fall of Peace on Earth by Michael Mandelbaum covers the time from the fall of the Soviet Union to the early years of Donald Trump and looks at how the peaceful equilibrium achieved in international relations with US Hegemony has eroded in the last 20 years This book breaks into three areas that focus on three antagonists in each area Russia s resurgence especially under Vladimir Putin has been a destabilization factor in both Ukraine and the caucuses with threats to the Baltic states as the specter of a Soviet Empire comes back into focus The second area is the rise of China in East Asia with a focal point on navigating Taiwan, Korea s and Hong Kong The look at trade and the role of he economic powers was well discussed and a balanced viewpoint Finally the rise of Iran in the Middle East as a counterbalance to the fall of Afghanistan and Iraq leaving a vacuum being propped up by Saudi Arabia and Israel especially after the Arab Spring effectively removed Egypt as a counterbalance It has been awhile since I have read such crisp analysis in foreign affairs with straight and to the point example Overall very enjoyable and well wroth the time for those interested in World Politics This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Should be named Foundations of the Current State of Global Geopolitics If you stopped following geopolitics since school, do pick up this book Mandelbaum explains how the post Cold War peace period of, say, deep peace differs from what came after, marked by Russia s invasion of Ukraine in 2014 It explains how peace derives from the conjunction of 3 preconditions democracy for its transparency and de escalation mechanisms , economic interdependence for it s increased opportunity costs of Should be named Foundations of the Current State of Global Geopolitics If you stopped following geopolitics since school, do pick up this book Mandelbaum explains how the post Cold War peace period of, say, deep peace differs from what came after, marked by Russia s invasion of Ukraine in 2014 It explains how peace derives from the conjunction of 3 preconditions democracy for its transparency and de escalation mechanisms , economic interdependence for it s increased opportunity costs of waging war with a trading partner and security competition the lack thereof, or the lack of an arms race by countries.The analyses on the disturbers of the post Cold War peace Russia, Iran and China under the lenses of those preconditions and their current domestic and international politics, bring you up to the date with the what, why and how if current geopolitics Of course, the US has played a major role in the current state of geopolitics, either by action or omission.Mandelbaum goes on to explain the respective preconditions of those 3 preconditions of peace Very well written Concise and to the point, almost to a fault The author did a wonderful job explaining his points and drawing conclusions Just a great read if you are interested in the subject My only wish is there would have been a littlehistory intertwined. Excellent An excellent and well argued yet brief case for why peace is possible and why the spread of democracy is an important step towards this goal But the author also rightly points out two things First, peace does not mean the end of arguments, disagreement, competition or conflict And second, democracy cannot be installed from the outside. Summary Develops the thesis that 1989 2014 represented a singular period of widespread peace marked by absence of conflict between major powers, and what might lead to a return to peace in the future.Michael Mandelbaum proposes that the period between 1989 and 2014 was a singular period in recent history of global peace At first glance, I want to say, you ve got to be kidding My mind goes to Bosnia, Kosovo, Rwanda, 9 11, Kuwait, Afghanistan, Iraq, just for starters Yet each of these repres Summary Develops the thesis that 1989 2014 represented a singular period of widespread peace marked by absence of conflict between major powers, and what might lead to a return to peace in the future.Michael Mandelbaum proposes that the period between 1989 and 2014 was a singular period in recent history of global peace At first glance, I want to say, you ve got to be kidding My mind goes to Bosnia, Kosovo, Rwanda, 9 11, Kuwait, Afghanistan, Iraq, just for starters Yet each of these representedlocalized conflicts rather than globe spanning conflicts between superpowers.During this period, the old Soviet Union was dismantled with the Eastern Bloc countries gaining autonomy, and in some instances,democratic forms of government Even Russia, under Boris Yeltsin took halting steps toward democracy andof a capitalist system In East Asia, the opening of commercial trade relationships with China eased tensions with its Communist government In the Middle East, for a period after the Kuwait War, most or all accepted the U.S as a benevolent hegemon at least until our invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan.Why did it all change Mandelbaum traces the rise of autocratic nationalist leadership in Russia, China, and Iran, and argues that the ambitions of these leaders have brought us into a new era of global conflict, along with the added factor of North Korea in East Asia With Russia, the economic setbacks of Boris Yeltsin s tenure in office combined with the expansion of NATO to incorporate most of the Eastern Bloc but not Russia in a united Europe paved the way for the rise of Vladimir Putin With the transition to Xi Jinping, and following the Recession of 2008, China took steps to strengthen its military presence, threatening other nations and the region and bringing it into increasing conflict with the U.S North Korea s young ruler, particularly feeling threatened by the U.S presence in South Korea, also pursued a military buildup and nuclear program, one difficult to counter Shia clerics in Iran seized on the weakening of Iraq and Afghanistan after U.S intervention to extend influence on behalf of Shiite Muslims throughout the region and to pursue a nuclear enrichment program which could allow them to become a nuclear power in the region.Mandelbaum considers the possibility to a return to such peace His fundamental thesis is that peace is fostered by the rise of democracy, accompanied by economic capitalism, which discourages conflict with trading partners He points to democratic movements in all three of the major powers not so much in North Korea as offering potential Mandelbaum s thesis seems to rely on continued American greatness and benevolent hegemony combined with skillful relations that make it advantageous for these autocratic regimes to becomedemocratic and less belligerent I have questions of whether such a continued role is sustainable for the U.S given its burgeoning debt, fluctuating foreign policy and internal divisions I also wonder whether democracy depends on worldview and cultural factors that cannot be addressed simply by implementing democratic processes, even if these powers were inclined to move toward them.I m far less sanguine than Mandelbaum and think we are in for some heavy weather It seems to me that this new dangerous world order is a challenge for the United States to get its own economic house in order, to address the structural inequities that weaken its own democratic institutions, and to take the measure of these other powers in our diplomacy and military strategy for what they are rather than what we would like them to be This will call for singular political leadership and national resolve clearly absent in our currently divided political processes and national life.Disclosure of Material Connection I received this an advanced review e galley of this book from the publisher via Edelweiss I was not required to write a positive review The opinions I have expressed are my own In the twenty five years after , the world enjoyed the deepest peace in history In The Rise and Fall of Peace on Earth, the eminent foreign policy scholar Michael Mandelbaum examines that remarkable quarter century, describing how and why the peace was established and then fell apart To be sure, wars took place in this era, but less frequently and on a far smaller scale than in previous periods Mandelbaum argues that the widespread peace ended because three major countries Vladimir Putin s Russia in Europe, Xi Jinping s China in East Asia, and the Shia clerics Iran in the Middle East put an end to it with aggressive nationalist policies aimed at overturning the prevailing political arrangements in their respective regions The three had a common motive their need to survive in a democratic age with their countries prospects for economic growth uncertainMandelbaum further argues that the key to the return of peace lies in the advent of genuine democracy, including free elections and the protection of religious, economic, and political liberty Yet, since recent history has shown that democracy cannot be imposed from the outside, The Rise and Fall of Peace on Earth has a dual message while the world has a formula for peace, there is no way to ensure that all countries will embrace it


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