America's role in nation-building from Germany to Iraq

The post-World War II occupations of Germany and Japan set standards for postconflict nation-building that have not since been matched. Only in recent years has the United States has felt the need to participate in similar transformations, but it is now facing one of the most challenging prospects s...

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Main Author: Dobbins, James
Format: eBook
Language:English
Published: Santa Monica, CA RAND 2003, 2003
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Collection: JSTOR Open Access Books - Collection details see MPG.ReNa
Summary:The post-World War II occupations of Germany and Japan set standards for postconflict nation-building that have not since been matched. Only in recent years has the United States has felt the need to participate in similar transformations, but it is now facing one of the most challenging prospects since the 1940s: Iraq. The authors review seven case studies--Germany, Japan, Somalia, Haiti, Bosnia, Kosovo, and Afghanistan--and seek lessons about what worked well and what did not. Then, they examine the Iraq situation in light of these lessons. Success in Iraq will require an extensive commitment of financial, military, and political resources for a long time. The United States cannot afford to contemplate early exit strategies and cannot afford to leave the job half completed
Item Description:"MR-1753-RC."
Physical Description:xxxv, 244 pages illustrations
ISBN:9780833034601
083303460X