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

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

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

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

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This report contains the results of a study on best practices in nationbuilding. Its purpose is to analyze U.S. and international military, political, and economic activities in postconflict situations since World War II, determine key principles for success, and draw implications for future U.S. military operations. This report contains the lessons learned from each of these operations, then applies them to the case of Iraq.

The preponderance of this research was conducted prior to the March 19, 2003, commencement of Operation Iraqi Freedom, but the project team focused on the near-term implications of our effort throughout the course of this work. To that end, this study served as the point of departure for a RAND conference on nation-building and the future of Iraq that was held in Arlington, Virginia, on May 6– 7, 2003. The results of that conference were factored into the final version of this study. (The appendix lists the conference attendees.)

This report is a result of RAND's continuing program of selfsponsored independent research. Support for such research is provided, in part, by donors and by the independent research and development provisions of RAND's contracts for the operation of its U.S. Department of Defense federally funded research and development centers. This report should be of interest to defense and foreign policy decisionmakers, practitioners, analysts, and others concerned with the roles of the United States, other nations, and international and nongovernmental organizations in postconflict situations. Comments are welcome and should be addressed to James Dobbins or Seth Jones.

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