U.S. Peacefare: Organizing American Peace-Building Operations

U.S. Peacefare: Organizing American Peace-Building Operations

by Dane F. Smith Jr.


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This book provides a survey of the U.S. civilian and military agencies responsible for postconflict reconstruction and peace-building around the world and how these agencies function in the interagency process.

U.S. Peacefare: Organizing American Peace-Building Operations surveys the evolution of the American peace-building apparatus during the presidencies of Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, with an emphasis on changes since 2003, when the invasion of Iraq led the Bush Administration to adopt a Clinton-style nation-building approach they had previously vigorously opposed.

U.S. Peacefare begins with a historical overview of official U.S. peace-building, then looks at the organization and interaction of the major federal agencies in the National Security Council, the State Department, and the Defense Department, as well the U.S. Institute for Peace, and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Throughout, author and former Ambassador Dane Smith emphasizes how a deeper understanding of peace-building organizations and their interactions in particular cases is essential to strengthening future U.S. conflict management. The book addresses the critical overall issue of how peace-building is funded, but within the federal budget and internationally, and concludes with Smith's recommendations for reforming those organizations.

  • Includes original tables on the financing of peace-building activities
  • Provides organizational charts and flow charts
  • Presents sidebars featuring individual officials who played an interesting role in U.S. peace-building activities for their agency or office
  • Offers a comprehensive glossary of acronyms

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780313382628
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 02/26/2010
Series: Praeger Security International Series
Pages: 301
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Dane F. Smith, Jr., PhD, is senior associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and adjunct professor at American University in Washington, DC.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Abbreviations xv

Chapter 1 An American Vocation for Peace-Building 1

Chapter 2 The Integration of Peace-Building and National Security: The National Security Council 27

Chapter 3 The Diplomacy of Peace-Building: The Department of State 55

Chapter 4 A New Approach to Peace-Building: The Coordinator for Reconstruction and Stabilization 84

Chapter 5 A Belated Embrace of Stability Operations: The Department of Defense 107

Chapter 6 Foreign Assistance for Peace: The U.S. Agency for International Development 131

Chapter 7 Building Peace through Knowledge: The U.S. Institute of Peace 159

Chapter 8 Funding Peace-Building: The Budget Process and Congressional Approval 184

Chapter 9 The Future of U.S. Peace-Building 210

Afterword The Peace Corps 222

Notes 233

Bibliography 277

Index 289

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