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In Every Nation for Itself: Winners and Losers in a G-Zero World, World Policy Institute Senior Fellow Ian Bremmer illustrates a historic shift in the international system and the world economy—and an unprecedented moment of global uncertainty.
SPRING 2003 LECTURE SERIES
NATION BUILDING: DOES IT WORK?
a panel discussion with
DAVID L. PHILLIPS
After coming into office firmly opposed to the idea of nation-building, the Bush Administration found itself confronted after September 11 with the need to do just that in Afghanistan and possibly in a future, post-war Iraq. Yet the challenges of nation-building in impoverished, war-torn regions with a history more of fragmentation than of consolidation remain immense. What, indeed, does it mean to build a nation, and how realistic is the prospect? Does nation-building require establishing democratic institutions, even in places that have never known these, or simply ensuring stability, possibly under authoritarian rulers? What roles do outsiders-foreign governments, NGOs, the UN, international financial institutions--play in this process, and how are they to approach the task? Does the experience of rebuilding Germany and Japan after World War II have any relevance? Can the experience of former Yugoslavia provide any guidance? Finally, is the West, above all the current US administration, willing to invest the resources required to build stable nations, or will they instead attempt what some have termed "nation-building lite"?
Thursday, March 27, 2003, 6:00-7:30 p.m. Swayduck Auditorium, First Floor, 65 Fifth Avenue (between East 13-14th). Admission is free.
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Online webcast and discussion:
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