A deeply researched international history and analysis of how a divided world ended and our present world was fashioned, as the world drifts toward another great time of choosing.
Two of America's leading scholar-diplomats, Philip Zelikow and Condoleezza Rice, have combed sources in several languages, interviewed leading figures, and drawn on their own firsthand experience to bring to life the choices that molded the contemporary world. Zeroing in on the key moments of decision, the might-have-beens, and the human beings working through them, they explore both what happened and what could have happened, to show how one world ended and another took form. Beginning in the late 1970s and carrying into the present, they focus on the momentous period between 1988 and 1992, when an entire world system changed, states broke apart, and societies were transformed. Such periods have always been accompanied by terrible wars-but not this time.
This is also a story of individuals coping with uncertainty. They voice their hopes and fears. They try out desperate improvisations and careful designs. These were leaders who grew up in a "postwar" world, who tried to fashion something better, more peaceful, more prosperous, than the damaged, divided world in which they had come of age. New problems are putting their choices, and the world they made, back on the operating table. It is time to recall not only why they made their choices, but also just how great nations can step up to great challenges.
Timed for the thirtieth anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, TO BUILD A BETTER WORLD is an authoritative depiction of contemporary statecraft. It lets readers in on the strategies and negotiations, nerve-racking risks, last-minute decisions, and deep deliberations behind the dramas that changed the face of Europe and the world forever.
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About the Author
Philip Zelikow is the White Burkett Miller Professor of History and J. Wilson Newman Professor of Governance at the Miller Center of Public Affairs, both at the University of Virginia. His books and essays focus on critical episodes in American and world history. A former civil rights attorney and career diplomat, he has also served at all levels of American government. He was the executive director of the 9/11 Commission and, before that, directed the Carter-Ford commission on federal election reform. He has worked on international policy in each of the five administrations from Reagan through Obama.
Condoleezza Rice was the sixty-sixth US secretary of state and the first black woman to hold that office. Prior to that, she was the first woman to serve as national security adviser. She is a professor at Stanford University and cofounder of RiceHadleyGates LLC. Rice is the New York Times bestselling author of No Higher Honor: A Memoir of My Years in Washington (2011), Extraordinary, Ordinary People: A Memoir of Family (2010), Democracy: Stories from the Long Road to Freedom (2017), and Political Risk: How Businesses and Organizations Can Anticipate Global Insecurity (2018).
Table of Contents
Introduction: Catalytic Choices 1
Two East German Success Stories
Ups and Downs
Operating Principles for a Different World
The Blindness of Hindsight
Slouching Toward a Systemic Crisis
What Comes Next?
Chapter 1 The Renewal of the Free World 29
The Two Prophets
The "Rights" Revolution
Reconstructing Global Finance (But Not Global Trade)
Lowering Barriers: The Momentum of Three Examples
The Renewal of Anticommunism
Chapter 2 Perestroika 68
The "Great Man"?
To Change the USSR, Change the World
Gorbachev's "Turning Point" in 1988
What Would All This Mean for Eastern Europe?
When Is the Cold War Over?
Chapter 3 Hopes and Fears 106
"Dream Big Dreams"
The Vectors of Change
The Future of Eastern Europe
The Future of the Soviet Union
The Future of European Integration
Security in Europe
The Future of Germany
The Chinese Solution
American Decline? Soviet Decline?
Chapter 4 The Pivot: A New Germany in a Different Europe 158
The Revolutions Begin
The Soviet Agenda: Beyond Containment-and Beyond Communism?
Putting Words into Action
A New Germany?
A New Germany in a New Europe?
Hit the Accelerator
Time to Decide on German Unity
Should the Unified Germany Be in NATO?
The German Election
Chapter 5 The Designs for a New Europe 247
A New European Union
Lithuania, Biological Weapons: Walking a Tightrope
A Plan to Manage German Power
How to Help Gorbachev?
Free to Choose
A New Atlantic Alliance
A Final Settlement for Germany
First Tests for a Transformed NATO
Creating a Better League of Nations
Chapter 6 The Designs for a Commonwealth of Free Nations 305
Last Chances for the Soviet Economy
The Breakup of the Soviet Union
What About the Nuclear Weapons?
The Shock of the New: Building Different Economies and Societies
Russia's Brief Window of Opportunity
The Integration of Eastern Europe
Global Designs and a New World Order
The Unipolar Mirage
Chapter 7 New Challenges Evolve 366
The Financial Crisis
The Migrant Crisis
Hungary and Poland Again
The United States of Europe That Never Was
America: The Politics of "Do You Hear Me Now?"
From the Peace Dividend to Perpetual War
The Break with Russia
Is America Done?
Epilogue: To Build a Better World 409
Principles, Partnership, and Practicality
Balancing the Local and the Global
The Emergence of Great Power Rivalry
Can a Confident America Rise Again?