PEACE AS A MEANS OF STATECRAFT
Colonel James H. HerreraUSAWC Class of 2009
U.S. Marine Corps
The views expressed in the document are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the U.S. Army War College, the U.S. Department of the Army, the U.S. Marine Corps, the U.S. Department of the Navy, the U.S. Department of Defense, or the U.S. Government.
This AY-09 USAWC Resident Student paper examines peace at the individual, collective, and inter-collective levels. It does so by addressing three
central questions: first, how is peace defined and what is its nature? Is it a natural condition or an artificially constructed one;
second, does it differ at the individual, collective, and inter-collective levels; and third, can peace stand on its own as a means
of policy relative to diplomacy and war? In essence, can peace be waged?
The author concludes that his research reveals that a complex paradigmatic
change in statecraft must occur in order to employ peace as a "shaping" and sustaining action, and that further inquiry is
required to fully understand its potential as a tool, one similar to other elements of "soft power."
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