Consolidating Peace in Europe: A Dialogue between East and West

Consolidating Peace in Europe: A Dialogue between East and West

Consolidating Peace in Europe: A Dialogue between East and West

Consolidating Peace in Europe: A Dialogue between East and West

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We live in an interesting and challenging time in which the solutions of the last 40 years are coming under challenge from new generations. I believe that the conference on "Preserving Peace in Europe" held in March 1985 by the Professors World Peace Academy represented a bold effort to explore the challenge we face. Even if one disagrees with my proposals or the beliefs of the other participants, the effort to explore radical change in the nature of world politics by those who hold prudential views of the character of politics should be illuminating for professionals, for students, and even for political leaders. The fact that such a diversity of views from across the divide between the two military blocs is included in this volume adds great value to this discussion. Nothing like it, I believe, exists elsewhere.

I have long been convinced that discussions of the danger of nuclear war in Europe have been afflicted by distraction of attention, the same factor that permits magicians to fool their audiences. However, although the magician's deception is deliberate, its consequence is merely entertaining. Deception with respect to nuclear war, on the other hand, may be blameless, but its consequences are not likely to be benign.

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