Overcoming Obstacles to Peace: Local Factors in Nation-Building

Overcoming Obstacles to Peace: Local Factors in Nation-Building

Overcoming Obstacles to Peace: Local Factors in Nation-Building

Overcoming Obstacles to Peace: Local Factors in Nation-Building

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Following on a series of RAND Corporation studies of nation-building interventions in conflict-affected areas undertaken by the United Nations, United States, European Union, and others, this volume analyzes the impediments that local conditions pose to successful outcomes in these interventions. Previous RAND studies have focused on the activities of external interveners. This monograph shifts the perspective from external actors to internal circumstances, first identifying the local circumstances that gave rise to conflicts or threatened to perpetuate them, and then determining how external actors and local leaders were able to modify or work around those circumstances to promote an enduring peace. The book aims to provide policymakers with the means to judge with greater clarity how local circumstances are likely to affect their prospects for success and what sorts of outcomes might be realistically achievable.

This research was sponsored by the Carnegie Corporation of New York and conducted within the International Security and Defense Policy Center of the RAND National Security Research Division (NSRD). NSRD conducts research and analysis on defense and national security topics for the U.S. and allied defense, foreign policy, homeland security, and intelligence communities and foundations and other nongovernmental organizations that support defense and national security analysis.

For more information on the International Security and Defense Policy Center, see http://www.rand.org/nsrd/ndri/centers/isdp.html or contact the director (contact information is provided on the web page).

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