Peace Works: America’s Unifying Role in a Turbulent World

Peace Works: America’s Unifying Role in a Turbulent World

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Join host Angelica Ocampo on this week’s episode of The World Affairs Report as she sits down with Ambassador Rick Barton, United States diplomat, educator, and author. Together they discuss Ambassador Barton’s new book, Peace Works: America’s Unifying Role in a Turbulent World, touching on Ambassador Barton’s own experience and opinions on American peacemaking. They cover interventions in Rwanda, Syria, and Venezuela, as well as highlight the impact which today’s world youth can have on the future.

About Our Guest

Ambassador Frederick D. Barton is a United States diplomat, educator and author. He is the founding Director of the Office of Transition Initiatives (OTI) within the United States Agency for International Development, or USAID. Barton was appointed Deputy High Commissioner of the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) in Geneva, Switzerland in 1999 and became the Frederick Schultz Professor at Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School in 2001. From 2002 to 2009, he was the Co-Director of the Post-Conflict Reconstruction Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), where he served as an expert adviser to the Iraq Study Group, led conflict-related working groups for the United States Institute of Peace and the Princeton Project on National Security, and produced reports on Iraq, Afghanistan, Sudan, and Pakistan. In 2009, President Barack Obama appointed Barton as the United States’ Representative to the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC), giving him ambassador rank. Barton served as the very first Assistant Secretary of the Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations (CSO), from the bureau’s inception in 2011 to his resignation in 2014.

Ambassador Barton has recently published a new book entitled Peace Works: America’s Unifying Role in a Turbulent World, which blends Barton’s past experience and personal stories with world history and political analysis to facilitate a transformative approach to foreign affairs in order to offer concrete and attainable solutions for the future.

Additional Resources

Ambassador Barton’s book: