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

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Presents a nearly 50-year review of US efforts to transform defeated and broken enemies into democratic and prosperous allies.
Paperback, 290 pages
Published July 31st 2003 by RAND Corporation
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Melissa
Oct 01, 2016 Melissa rated it really liked it
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.
Steven Peterson
Feb 07, 2011 Steven Peterson rated it really liked it
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
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Jan 26, 2016 Kaitlin Oujo rated it really liked it
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This book is pretty outdated.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
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