The Beginner's Guide to Nation-Building

TitleThe Beginner's Guide to Nation-Building
Publication TypeBook
Subtitle / Series TitleA Guidebook for Conducting Effective Nationbuilding Operations
Year of Publication2007
AuthorsDobbins, J, Jones, SG, Crane, K, DeGrasse, BC
Number of Pages330 pp.
PublisherRAND Corporation Santa Monica
ISBN Number978-0-8330-3988-0
Accession Number875

(From the Preface:) This guidebook presents a doctrine for conducting effective nationbuilding operations. It is designed to be an accessible handbook that describes effective policies for rebuilding a nation after - and, in some cases, during - a conflict. It is based on historical research into the conduct of such operations by the United States, Europe, the United Nations, and other states and organizations over the past 60 years. The doctrine identifies the most important components of nation-building operations; describes how these components are interrelated; establishes the best practices, size, and costs associated with each component; and draws upon national, international, and nongovernmental sources of expertise and capacity in each of these fields. The doctrine is prescriptive enough to guide specific operations, but adaptable enough to cover diverse and varied situations worldwide. This guidebook is designed to assist the aspiring nation-builder. It is also intended to assist legislators, journalists, and academics in evaluating current or prospective operations of this sort. It brings together the best practices from the 16 case studies presented in the RAND Corporation\'s history of nation-building, which comprises the 2003 America\'s Role in Nation-Building: From Germany to Iraq, and the 2005 The UN\'s Role in Nation-Building: From the Congo to Iraq; an additional eight case studies, currently under preparation, are included in this guidebook Overview over the chapters: Preparing for Nation-Building / The Military / The Police / The Rule of Law / Humanitarian Relief / Governance / Economic Stabilization / Democratization / Development / Conclusion: The Cost of Nation-Building

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