While much is being publicised about how Iraq, with the help of International Community will be the next example of Nation-Building (and will emerge as a vibrant democracy in the middle-east), the history sees to indicate otherise.
This policy brief from Carnegie Endowment for International Peace throws up some dissonant facts about American Record on Nation Building:
- declared goal of "regime change" or "saving a regime",
- deployment and long-term commitment of large number of ground troops, and
- deep involvement in the political process through use of American military and civilian processes),
only 16/200 would qualify as efforts towards "Nation Building"
- both of these countries were homogenous societies with no dominant conflicting interest groups,
- had previous experience of constitutionalism, and
- the popular (and soemtime elite) interests were aligned to those of the US.
... the full report/ Policy brief is available at: