What We Owe Iraq: War and the Ethics of Nation Building

What We Owe Iraq: War and the Ethics of Nation Building

by Noah Feldman

NOOK BookWith a New afterword by the author (eBook - With a New afterword by the author)

$17.49 $29.95 Save 42% Current price is $17.49, Original price is $29.95. You Save 42%.
View All Available Formats & Editions
Available on Compatible NOOK Devices and the free NOOK Apps.
Want a NOOK ? Explore Now

Overview

What We Owe Iraq: War and the Ethics of Nation Building by Noah Feldman

What do we owe Iraq?

America is up to its neck in nation building--but the public debate, focused on getting the troops home, devotes little attention to why we are building a new Iraqi nation, what success would look like, or what principles should guide us. What We Owe Iraq sets out to shift the terms of the debate, acknowledging that we are nation building to protect ourselves while demanding that we put the interests of the people being governed--whether in Iraq, Afghanistan, Kosovo, or elsewhere--ahead of our own when we exercise power over them.

Noah Feldman argues that to prevent nation building from turning into a paternalistic, colonialist charade, we urgently need a new, humbler approach. Nation builders should focus on providing security, without arrogantly claiming any special expertise in how successful nation-states should be made. Drawing on his personal experiences in Iraq as a constitutional adviser, Feldman offers enduring insights into the power dynamics between the American occupiers and the Iraqis, and tackles issues such as Iraqi elections, the prospect of successful democratization, and the way home.

Elections do not end the occupier's responsibility. Unless asked to leave, we must resist the temptation of a military pullout before a legitimately elected government can maintain order and govern effectively. But elections that create a legitimate democracy are also the only way a nation builder can put itself out of business and--eventually--send its troops home.

Feldman's new afterword brings the Iraq story up-to-date since the book's original publication in 2004, and asks whether the United States has acted ethically in pushing the political process in Iraq while failing to control the security situation; it also revisits the question of when, and how, to withdraw.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781400826223
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 01/10/2009
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 176
File size: 797 KB

About the Author

Noah Feldman is Professor of Law at New York University and, in 2003, was Senior Constitutional Adviser to the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq. He is the author of After Jihad: America and the Struggle for Islamic Democracy (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2003).

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See All Customer Reviews