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Presents a nearly 50-year review of US efforts to transform defeated and broken enemies into democratic and prosperous allies.


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Presents a nearly 50-year review of US efforts to transform defeated and broken enemies into democratic and prosperous allies.

50 review for America's Role in Nation-Building: From Germany to Iraq

  1. 5 out of 5

    Steven Peterson

    This is one of the portfolio of books exploring what it takes to create successful democratic nation-building--From German to Iraq (as the subtitle notes). It is also one of the better volumes among such works. The RAND report goes into considerable detail, providing an operational definition of democratic nation building by looking at the commonalities in seven such interventions (Germany, Japan, Somalia, Haiti, Bosnia, Kosovo, Afghanistan). The report seeks to establish those factors associate This is one of the portfolio of books exploring what it takes to create successful democratic nation-building--From German to Iraq (as the subtitle notes). It is also one of the better volumes among such works. The RAND report goes into considerable detail, providing an operational definition of democratic nation building by looking at the commonalities in seven such interventions (Germany, Japan, Somalia, Haiti, Bosnia, Kosovo, Afghanistan). The report seeks to establish those factors associated with success or failure. Among those linked to success were the use of force "to underpin a process of democratization" (Page 1), occupation, peace enforcement, stabilization, and reconstruction. Success is (Page 2) ". . .the ability to promote an enduring transfer of democratic institutions." The RAND report suggests a number of prerequisites, including military presence over time by the occupying country, international police presence over time, reducing postconflict combat-related deaths, timing of elections, dealing with refugees and internally displaced persons, initial external assistance, external per capita assistance, external assistance as a meaningful percentage of GDP, and changes in per capita GDP. This obviously entails a commitment to provide substantial resources to the redevelopment effort, to be willing to invest considerable time to nation building, to make sure that appropriate security arrangements are made. In short, the process cannot successfully be done quickly or "on the cheap."

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kaitlin Oujo

    An interesting series of case studies of American experiences with occupation. Why were some more successful than others? The authors dive into a variety of factors with a good amount of detail, but not so much that you get lost. I've been curious about the details of the American occupations of Japan and Germany, and learned a good bit about the structure of interagency and multilateral cooperation in these occupations. This book is pretty outdated. Written in 2003, the Afghanistan section is a An interesting series of case studies of American experiences with occupation. Why were some more successful than others? The authors dive into a variety of factors with a good amount of detail, but not so much that you get lost. I've been curious about the details of the American occupations of Japan and Germany, and learned a good bit about the structure of interagency and multilateral cooperation in these occupations. This book is pretty outdated. Written in 2003, the Afghanistan section is almost useless, except as a matter of historical record. The book was clearly written pointedly towards those who were planning the post-invasion Iraq. Despite the age of some of the information, most of the case studies were very interesting to read and well researched. Recommend for those interested in post-conflict studies and American history.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Melissa Goodnight

    Interesting read. I didn't know a whole lot about the processes behind nation-building going into this book, but I found it easy to follow and understand. Very well written.

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