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Carl Bildt, former Prime Minister of Sweden, delivered the 2006 Commencement Address for the Pardee RAND Graduate School. The address focused on the seven major lessons that have emerged over the past decade of state-building: (1) it is imperative to quickly establish a secure environment; (2) the central challenge is not reconstruction but state-building; (3) to build a state, you need to know what state to build; (4) there must be an early focus on the preconditions for long-term economic growth; (5) there has to be a benevolent regional environment; (6) the greater the international support, the less difficult is the process; and (7) state-building takes a longer time, and requires more resources, than most initially believe.

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