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The interaction of failed states, terrorism and the need for "nation building" is at the top of the international agenda, with particular focus on Afghanistan and Iraq. This path breaking collection brings together top analysts to examine the goals and challenges facing efforts to reconstruct states that have collapsed into anarchy or have been defeated in war, drawing lessons from 50 years of past experience with post-conflict reconstruction and development around the world to assess development plans in a ...

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Overview

The interaction of failed states, terrorism and the need for "nation building" is at the top of the international agenda, with particular focus on Afghanistan and Iraq. This path breaking collection brings together top analysts to examine the goals and challenges facing efforts to reconstruct states that have collapsed into anarchy or have been defeated in war, drawing lessons from 50 years of past experience with post-conflict reconstruction and development around the world to assess development plans in a country devastated by more than a century of conflict. While the focus is on Afghanistan, important comparisons-including to reconstruction after the American Civil War-provide historical context and lessons of difficulties to overcome and realistic limitations of ambitions. Throughout, particular attention is paid to the interaction of the goals of external and domestic actors, highlighting the importance of understanding the internal social, economic, and political environment of the society receiving assistance.

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"It is the unfortunate case that policymakers engaged in nation-building have time and again failed to tap existing knowledge about the countries that are the object of their efforts, and lessons from other nation-building exercises. Beyond Reconstruction in Afghanistan begins to correct this deficit by providing invaluable background to the problem of reconstructing one of the world's most troubled countries."—Francis Fukuyama, The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies Johns Hopkins University

"This is the best place to start for increasing understanding of the challenges facing those who would engage in 'nation building.' Beyond Reconstruction in Afghanistan provides dispassionate and richly informed analysis of the troubled attempts to reconstruct and restore a devastated land. While every country is unique, the lessons drawn from Afghanistan and other, previous, attempts at nation building clearly have import for Iraq and any other potential cases. And one lesson surely is that caution is wisdom."—Alex Inkeles, Stanford University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230602205
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 12/26/2007
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.09 (w) x 9.01 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

John D. Montgomery is Professor Emeritus of International Studies, Harvard University.
Dennis A. Rondinelli was Glaxo Distinguished International Professor of Management, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

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Table of Contents

Preface: Reconstruction in Afghanistan
• Introduction—John D. Montgomery
Part I: Hopes Beyond Reconstruction
• International Goals and Strategies for Afghanistan's Development: Reconstruction and Beyond—Dennis A. Rondinelli
• Supporting Postwar Aspirations in an Islamic Society—John D. Montgomery
• Between Reconstruction and Restoration: Three Historical Case Studies—John M. Heffron
• The Afghan Experience with International Assistance—Yuri V. Bossin
• Lessons from Post-Aid Conflict Experience—Robert J. Muscat
Part II: Toward a Stable Civil Society
• The Rule of Law as a Goal in Afghanistan—Charles H. Norchi
• Economic Growth and Development Policy in Afghanistan: Lessons from Experience in Developing Countries—Dennis A. Rondinelli
• Ethnic Diversity and the Structure of Government—Milton J. Esman
• Warlordism and Development in Afghanistan—Kamoludin N. Abdullaev
• Health, Human Security, and Social Reconstruction in Afghanistan—Paula Gutlove, Gordon Thompson, and Jacob Hale Russell
Part III: Regional Implications of Reconstruction
• The Afghan Neighborhood and Future Stability: A Regional Approach to Reconstruction and Development—Eden Naby and R.N. Frye
• Reconstruction, Development, and Nation-Building: Prospects for Afghanistan—Dennis A. Rondinelli and John D. Montgomery

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"It is the unfortunate case that policymakers engaged in nation-building have time and again failed to tap existing knowledge about the countries that are the object of their efforts, and lessons from other nation-building exercises. Beyond Reconstruction in Afghanistan begins to correct this deficit by providing invaluable background to the problem of reconstructing one of the world's most troubled countries."--Francis Fukuyama, The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies Johns Hopkins University

"This is the best place to start for increasing understanding of the challenges facing those who would engage in 'nation building.' Beyond Reconstruction in Afghanistan provides dispassionate and richly informed analysis of the troubled attempts to reconstruct and restore a devastated land. While every country is unique, the lessons drawn from Afghanistan and other, previous, attempts at nation building clearly have import for Iraq and any other potential cases. And one lesson surely is that caution is wisdom."--Alex Inkeles, Stanford University
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