The Armed Humanitarians: The Rise of the Nation Builders

The Armed Humanitarians: The Rise of the Nation Builders

Nathan Hodge

In may possibly 2003, President George W. Bush declared victory in Iraq. yet whereas we received the struggle, we catastrophically misplaced the peace. Our failure triggered a basic switch in our international coverage. faced with the shortcomings of "shock and awe," the U.S. army shifted its concentration to "stability operations": counterinsurgency and the rebuilding of failed states. In lower than a decade, international counsel has develop into militarized; humanitarianism has been armed.
Combining fresh historical past and firsthand reporting, Armed Humanitarians lines how the innovations of nation-building got here into fashion, and the way, evangelized via imagine tanks, executive seminars, and the click, this new doctrine took root contained in the Pentagon and the kingdom division. Following this outstanding test in armed social paintings because it performs out from Afghanistan and Iraq to Africa and Haiti, Nathan Hodge exposes the problems of translating those bold new theories into motion.

Ultimately seeing this new period in overseas family members as a noble yet mistaken test, he indicates how armed humanitarianism lines our assets, deepens our reliance on outsourcing and personal contractors, and ends up in perceptions of a brand new imperialism, arguably a significant factor in any variety of new conflicts worldwide. As we try to construct international locations, we may possibly in reality be weakening our own.

Nathan Hodge is a Washington, D.C.-based author who focuses on protection and nationwide safeguard. He has stated from Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Russia, and several other international locations within the heart East and previous Soviet Union. he's the writer, with Sharon Weinberger, of A extended family Vacation, and his paintings has seemed in Slate, the Financial Times, Foreign Policy, and lots of different newspapers and magazines.

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