Nation-Building

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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 has examined U.S., United Nations, and European Union nation-building efforts since World War II to determine key principles for their success and draw implications for current and future nation-building investment.

  • U.S. Army Soldiers provide security during a mission in Yarmouk, Iraq, July 2007

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    Armies Have a Role to Play in Nation Building

    Oct 24, 2017

    Events in Iraq and Mali have raised questions about the value of Security Force Assistance and U.S. capacity to strengthen client states' militaries in the face of insurgencies or other threats. History shows that SFA programs could be improved if they focused more on ideology and how an army complements a host country's larger nation-building efforts.

  • Syrian refugees cross into Jordanian territory, near the town of Ruwaished, 149 miles east of Amman, December 5, 2013, photo by Muhammad Hamed/Reuters

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    Stabilizing Eastern Syria After ISIS

    Sep 8, 2020

    Eastern Syrian communities are no longer occupied by ISIS but they are in a fraught political environment where the Syrian Democratic Forces and the Syrian government have both expanded their presence and some ISIS fighters remain. What are the region's most urgent needs and is there a viable strategy to build near-term stability?

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    Countering al Qaeda: An Appreciation of the Situation and Suggestions for Strategy

    Next steps in the U.S. campaign to defeat al Qaeda and combat terrorism

    Apr 29, 2002

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    The Eisenhower Administration: US Foreign Internal Security Assistance, and the Struggle for the Developing World, 1954-1961

    During the Eisenhower administration, the United States began its first systematic program of support to foreign police and paramilitary forces.

    Jan 1, 2001

  • U.S. Army paratroopers board a C-130 Hercules aircraft

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    Measuring National Power in the Postindustrial Age

    Appreciating the true basis of national power requires not just a meticulous detailing of military assets but also a scrutiny of larger capabilities. The aptitude for innovation, the nature of social institutions, and the quality of the knowledge base may affect a country's capacity to produce effective military power.

    Jan 1, 2000

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    Journal Article

    Moving Forward with State Autonomy and Capacity: Example from Two Studies of the Pentagon During W.W. II

    Strategy for arriving at answers to the critical question why do states do what they do? by focusing on and elaborating state autonomy theory.

    Jan 1, 2000

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    Vietnam: Lessons and Mislessons

    A caveat against the mislessons and nonlessons that might be drawn from the Vietnam War, and a discussion of principal areas of disagreement about policy and objectives.

    Jan 1, 1969

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    Nation Building and Revolutionary War.

    A discussion of the role of revolutionary war in nation building.

    Jan 1, 1962

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    Ben Baruch

    Analyst
    Education M.A. in conflict, security and development, University of Sussex, UK; B.A. in law and society, University of Exeter, UK

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    Rick Brennan, Jr.

    Senior Political Scientist
    Education Ph.D. in political science/international relations, University of California, Los Angeles; M.S. in political science/international relations, University of California, Los Angeles; B.S. in criminal justice, Arizona State University

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    C. Ross Anthony

    Director, RAND Israeli-Palestinian Initiative; Adjunct Economist
    Education Ph.D. in economics, University of Pennsylvania; M.A. in economics, University of Pennsylvania; M.A. in economic history, University of Pennsylvania; B.A. in history, Williams College

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    Jason H. Campbell

    Policy Researcher
    Education M.A. in international affairs, Catholic University; B.A. in political science, Amherst College

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    James Dobbins

    Senior Fellow; Distinguished Chair in Diplomacy and Security
    Education B.S. in international affairs, Georgetown School of Foreign Service

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    Stephanie Pezard

    Senior Political Scientist and Associate Research Department Director for Defense and Political Sciences (DPS)
    Education Ph.D. in political science, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva; M.A. in history, French Institute of Political Science, Paris (Sciences Po); M.A. in political science, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva; B.A. in history, French Institute of Political Science, Paris (Sciences Po)

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    Rachel M. Swanger

    Associate Dean, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education M.A. in Japanese studies and international economics, Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University; B.A. in history, The College of Wooster