It examines how external actors and local leaders in a variety of societies modified or worked around those conditions to promote enduring peace. During his long diplomatic career, dobbins became an expert in helping to put together states shattered by civil war or invasion. This new book produced by the rand corporation is a remarkable success. Together with its companion volume exploring the relevant american experience sine the occupation of germany and japan after the second world war americas role in nationbuilding. You have to read the beginners guide to nation building, by james dobbins et. 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. The postworld war ii occupations of germany and japan set standards for successful postconflict nation building that have never again been matched.
You have to read the beginners guide to nation building, by james dobbins et al, carefully although the text is clearly written and far from excessively technical. The beginners guide to nationbuilding rand corporation. The rand corporation is a nonprofit institution that helps improve policy and decisionmaking through research and analysis. The project unique identification code puic for the project that produced this document is hqd146835. It was published in 2003 by the rand corporation, a highly respected u. The research project was published in october 2019 by the rand corporation and is titled. The postworld war ii occupations of germany and japan set standards for postconflict nationbuilding that have not since been matched. A 2003 study by james dobbins and others for the rand corporation defines nationbuilding as the use of armed force in the aftermath of a conflict to underpin an enduring transition to democracy.
No part of this book may be reproduced in any form by any electronic or. Building armies, building nations rand corporation. The postworld war ii occupations of germany and japan set standards for successful postconflict nationbuilding that have never again been matched. Americas involvement in nationbuilding over the past fifteen years has yielded some significant knowledge about organizing for the task, as a recent study by the rand corporation demonstrates. The postconflict states surveyed in this book range from the postsecond world war examples of japan and germany, through to case studies of presentday afghanistan and iraq. One is a book titled americas role in nationbuilding. Accord, in collaboration with rand corporation, launch. Accord, in collaboration with rand corporation, launch book on. Rand focuses on the issues that matter most such as health, education, national security, international affairs, law and business, the environment, and more. The reason is that many nation building missions we deem damn near impossible, in most countries, see.
However, the book also demonstrates a widespread cultural blinder of usa policy thinking, namely underrating of cultural factors and overoptimism in respect to making the world democratic. Following on a series of rand corporation studies of nationbuilding, this monograph analyzes the impediments that local conditions pose to successful outcomes in these interventions. In all these respects the book is outstanding, in terms of method and substance alike, as is to be expected from a rand corporation study. James dobbins americas role in nationbuilding must become essential reading among washingtons bureaucrats and in all six. With a research staff consisting of some of the worlds preeminent minds, rand has been expanding the boundaries. Accord was involved in the carnegie corporation sponsored research project that started in 2017 and was coauthored by researchers at the rand corporation and accord.
Germany, japan, somalia, haiti, bosnia, kosovo, and afghanistan, in which american military power has been used in the aftermath of a conflict to underpin. After conflicts end, allied nations must undertake military, political, humanitarian, and economic activities to enable states to prosper, but these activities do not always succeed. Rand arroyo center, part of the rand corporation, is a federally funded research and development center sponsored by the united states army. The rand corporation is a research organization that develops.680 922 556 1 1537 468 92 610 651 1413 470 12 774 856 1608 614 829 554 1268 571 63 278 1471 221 539 850 1411 1134 762 167 988 718 1469 1208 30 1095 875 212 1459 1206 1355 13 686 1117 1380 457