After a turbulent century characterized by vast bloodshed, but also by the spread of democratic government and humane values, the author suggests that the great democracies - led by Britain, France, Germany, Japan and the United States - should form an intercontinental community of democracies - a pax democratica according to the author. He argues that such a union will culminate centuries of evolution in world order; from empires to balance-of-power realpolitik, more recently from cooperative international institutions to an era of supranational communities, composed of likeminded peoples and organized around democratic principles.
JAMES ROBERT HUNTLEY is a former diplomat and an author on international affairs. He served in the US navy in World War II and the Foreign Service of the United States (1951-60), serving in Germany, Washington and Brussels in the development of NATO, the European Union and the civic reconstruction of Germany. He was the founder of the Atlantic Institute in Paris, co-founder of the Mid-Atlantic Clubs, the Standing Conference of Atlantic Organisations, and the Committees for a Community of Democracies. He was on the Executive of the Ford Foundation and Secretary-General of the Atlantic Colleges, Fellow of the Battelle Memorial Institute, President of the Atlantic Council of the United States, and a consultant and adviser on international affairs to IBM, Exxon and others. He is the author of America and Europe: The Next Ten Years, The NATO Story and Man's Environment and the Atlantic Alliance.