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The evolving role of nation-building in US foreign policyLessons learned, lessons lost$
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Thomas R. Seitz

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780719087509

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719087509.001.0001

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Conclusion: Towards a ‘Tolerable State of Order’?

Conclusion: Towards a ‘Tolerable State of Order’?

(p.138) 6 Conclusion: Towards a ‘Tolerable State of Order’?
The evolving role of nation-building in US foreign policy
Manchester University Press

This concluding chapter, teases out the lessons learned and lessons lost from these Cold War programs, and relates these to current policies in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere. Described are Nixon's philosophy and rationale for turning away from nation building, his Nixon Doctrine, and his subsequent emphasis on bolstering authoritarian gendarmes as a means of withdrawing the US from nation building and development programs abroad. The chapter goes on to critique the US policies under study, and attempts to identify lessons that seem to have been learned or lost based on America's conduct of its ambitious wars in Afghanistan and Iraq since 2001.

Keywords:   Iraq, Afghanistan, Nixon, Nixon Doctrine, Gendarmes

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