Bosnia, Rwanda, Haiti, Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria - a quarter-century of stumbles in America's pursuit of a more peaceful and just world. American military interventions have cost thousands of lives and billions of dollars, yet we rarely manage to enact positive and sustainable change. In Peace Works: America's Unifying Role in a Turbulent World, ambassador and global conflict leader Rick Barton uses a mix of stories, history, and analysis for a transformative approach to foreign affairs and offers concrete and attainable solutions for the future.
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Rick Barton is the Co-Director of the Scholars in the Nation's Service Initiative (SINSI) with Kit Lunney at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. He taught at Woodrow Wilson School since 2001 in varying roles.
Barton was the first Assistant Secretary of State for Conflict and Stabilization Operations (2011-2014), U.S. Ambassador to the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations in New York (2009-2011), Senior Adviser at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (2002-2009), Deputy High Commissioner for Refugees at UNHCR (1999-2001), Founding Director of USAID's Office of Transition Initiatives (1994-1999), and a business and political leader in Maine early in his career.