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Nation-Building: A Reference Handbook

Nation-Building: A Reference Handbook

by Cynthia A. WatsonCynthia A. Watson


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A revealing exploration of nation-building around the world and its related problems and challenges—from conflict to the role of democracy.

Nation-Building: A Reference Handbook offers an in-depth examination of the nation-building process with special focus on the late 20th century to the present. U.S. national security expert Cynthia Watson explores economic, political, and social aspects of nation-building and provides unique insight into hot issues and fundamental concerns.

Presenting nation-building from many perspectives, Watson discusses states such as Iraq, Afghanistan, the Balkan countries, and East Timor, among others. She illustrates the challenges of rebuilding a country's infrastructure as well as unanticipated problems. The work provides a thorough treatment of the role that democracy plays in the nation-building process and illuminates the position of the United States juxtaposed with UN peacekeeping efforts. This one-of-a-kind reference work is complete with primary source documents, biographical sketches, and resource suggestions.

• Chronology of the dramatic history of nation-building, covering key developments such as the aftermath of military operations in Afghanistan and the rebuilding of Iraq

• Biographical profiles of significant individuals who have had a positive or negative impact on nation-building, including Hamid Karzai and Osama bin Laden

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781851095940
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 06/29/2004
Series: Contemporary World Issues
Pages: 333
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.81(d)
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

About the Author

Cynthia Watson is professor of strategy at the National War College, Washington, DC. Her published works include ABC-CLIO's U.S. National Security: A Reference Handbook.

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