Why are some societies capable of peaceful political transitions while others descend into violence? In this compelling narrative, Tim Phillips draws from 20 years experience on the front lines of peace negotiations around the world to offer lessons for our current foreign policy challenges. The book features stories from six experienced leaders, each from a different country: former Czechoslovakia, South Africa, Guatemala, Northern Ireland, Israel/Palestine and Chile. They were asked a simple yet critical question: What does it take to make peace with your enemy and reconcile your society? Students and practitioners alike will learn valuable lessons from these leaders who were directly involved in peace processes.