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

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

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In Iraq, the United States is facing its most challenging nation-building project since the 1940s. The authors draw lessons from seven case studies — Germany, Japan, Somalia, Haiti, Bosnia, Kosovo, and Afghanistan — then apply these to the Iraq case. The results suggest that nation-building will be difficult but possible. Success will, however, require investing sufficient financial, military, and political resources — and time.