The Armed Humanitarians The Rise of the Nation Builders

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  • Copyright: 2011-02-15
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
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In May 2003, President George W. Bush declared victory in Iraq. But while we won the war, we catastrophically lost the peace. Our failure prompted a fundamental change in our foreign policy: confronted with the shortcomings of "shock and awe," the U.S. military shifted its focus to "stability operations," counterinsurgency and the rebuilding of failed states. In less than a decade, foreign assistance has become militarized; humanitarianism has been armed. Our armed forces became a Peace Corps with precision munitions. Combining recent history and firsthand reporting,Armed Humanitarianstraces how the concepts of nation-building came into vogue, and how, evangelized through think tanks, government seminars, and the press, this new doctrine took root inside the Pentagon and the State Department. It also tells the story of this extraordinary experiment in armed social work, the defining experience for a generation of U.S. foreign policy practitioners. Nathan Hodge reveals the difficulties of translating these ambitious new theories into action - straining our resources and driving further reliance on outsourcing and private contractors - and explains how this strategy has led to perceptions of a new imperialism, endangering our already diminished standing in the world. This important book will shed light on the new era of foreign policy as a noble but flawed experiment: as we attempt to build nations, we may ultimately be weakening our own.

Author Biography

Nathan Hodge is a Washington, D.C.-based writer who specializes in defense and national security. He has reported from Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Russia, and a number of other countries in the Middle East and former Soviet Union. His work has appeared in Slate, the Financial Times, Foreign Policy, and many other newspapers and magazines.

Table of Contents

Prologue: Port-au-Prince, February 2010p. 1
Winning the War, Losing the Peace
Absolute Beginnersp. 25
The PowerPoint Warriorp. 44
˘Beat 'em Up and Go Home÷p. 60
The Other Warp. 81
Cash as a Weaponp. 104
History Lessons
The Phoenix Risesp. 123
The Accidental Counterinsurgentsp. 141
Theory into Practice
Wingtips on the Groundp. 165
Kalashnikovs for Hirep. 186
Peace Corps on Steroidsp. 208
Windshield Ethnographersp. 231
Obama's Warp. 257
Conclusion: Foreign Policy Out of Balancep. 285
Acknowledgmentsp. 301
Notesp. 305
Select Bibliographyp. 323
Indexp. 329
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