The UN's Role in Nation-Building: From the Congo to Iraq [NOOK Book]

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Reviews UN efforts to transform eight unstable countries into democratic, peaceful, and prosperous partners, and compares those missions with U.S. nation-building operations. The UN provides the most suitable institutional framework for nation-building missions that require fewer than 20,000 men-one with a comparatively low cost structure, a comparatively high success rate, and the greatest degree of international legitimacy.
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The UN's Role in Nation-Building: From the Congo to Iraq

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Overview


Reviews UN efforts to transform eight unstable countries into democratic, peaceful, and prosperous partners, and compares those missions with U.S. nation-building operations. The UN provides the most suitable institutional framework for nation-building missions that require fewer than 20,000 men-one with a comparatively low cost structure, a comparatively high success rate, and the greatest degree of international legitimacy.
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Editorial Reviews

Foreign Affairs
Since the end of the Cold War, the UN has increasingly been called on to dispatch multinational forces to enforce the peace and rebuild political order. Building on an earlier Rand study of U.S.-led peacekeeping efforts, this book is one of the first to systematically examine these operations. The authors find that operations in Namibia, Cambodia, El Salvador, and Mozambique were successful thanks to great-power support, the cooperation of neighboring states, and the fact that the societies in question were exhausted by war; in Somalia and Bosnia, meanwhile, UN peacekeepers were overwhelmed and eventually replaced by larger U.S.-led forces. More recently, the Australian-led UN operation in East Timor managed to disarm combatants, establish new security forces, and sponsor elections. The authors show that UN forces are chronically undermanned and underfunded (U.S. nation-building missions, in contrast, tend to be launched with more ambitious mandates in more difficult circumstances) but encouragingly conclude that the UN's low-profile, small-footprint approach to nation building has succeeded more often than it has failed and is remarkably cost-effective — offering a promising framework for peacekeeping in the future.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780833037565
  • Publisher: RAND Corporation
  • Publication date: 3/29/2001
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 318
  • File size: 7 MB

Meet the Author


* James Dobbins (Georgetown School of Foreign Service) is director of the International Security and Defense Policy Center at RAND. A veteran diplomat who has held senior White House and State Department positions under four presidents, he most recently served as the Bush administration's special envoy for Afghanistan. He served as U.S. special envoy for Kosovo, Bosnia, Haiti, and Somalia. Ambassador Dobbins has held a variety of State Department and White House posts, including Assistant Secretary of State for Europe, Special Assistant to the President for the Western Hemisphere, Special Adviser to the President and Secretary of State for the Balkans, and Ambassador to the European Community.


* Seth G. Jones (PhD, Political Science, University of Chicago) is a senior researcher at RAND. Areas of expertise include the Middle East, Arab-Israeli peace process, and European security.


* Keith Crane (PhD, Economics, Indiana University) is a senior economist at RAND. Areas of expertise include Economics of Transition and Economic Forecasting, Transportation Economics, and Defense Economics.


* Andrew Rathmell (PhD, War Studies, King's College London) is a research leader at RAND Europe. Areas of expertise include terrorism, international terrorism, Middle East terrorism, Middle Eastern politics and security; critical infrastructure protection; cyber-security; homeland security; and intelligence. * * *

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Introduction 1
Ch. 2 Congo 5
Ch. 3 Namibia 29
Ch. 4 El Salvador 45
Ch. 5 Cambodia 69
Ch. 6 Mozambique 93
Ch. 7 Eastern Slavonia 107
Ch. 8 Sierra Leone 129
Ch. 9 East Timor 151
Ch. 10 Iraq 181
Ch. 11 Lessons learned 213
Ch. 12 Inputs and outcomes 225
Ch. 13 The U.S. and UN ways of nation-building 243
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