chapter  4
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The European Experience: The Millionfold Trauma of the Twentieth Century is Still Virulent

One of the main ideas behind the Jeju Peace Conference was that the regional integration of nation states can be a framework for bringing stable peace. With the European post-World War II experience in mind I will question this idea. The obvious absence of war within (Western) Europe over more than six decades has rather been a consequence of the economic and military US strategy of roll-back against the Soviet Bloc and of the resulting fragile dynamic balance of power between East and West than of the political will to keep peace.