The Armed Humanitarians: The Rise of the Nation Builders

The Armed Humanitarians: The Rise of the Nation Builders

Nathan Hodge

In might 2003, President George W. Bush declared victory in Iraq. yet whereas we gained the conflict, we catastrophically misplaced the peace. Our failure triggered a primary swap 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, overseas counsel has turn into militarized; humanitarianism has been armed.
Combining fresh background and firsthand reporting, Armed Humanitarians strains how the options of nation-building got here into trend, and the way, evangelized via imagine tanks, govt seminars, and the clicking, this new doctrine took root contained in the Pentagon and the nation division. Following this striking 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 international kin as a noble yet wrong scan, he indicates how armed humanitarianism lines our assets, deepens our reliance on outsourcing and personal contractors, and results in perceptions of a brand new imperialism, arguably a significant factor in any variety of new conflicts all over the world. As we strive to construct international locations, we might in truth be weakening our own.

Nathan Hodge is a Washington, D.C.-based author who makes a speciality of protection and nationwide defense. He has said from Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Russia, and several other nations within the heart East and previous Soviet Union. he's the writer, with Sharon Weinberger, of A Vacation, and his paintings has seemed in Slate, the Financial Times, Foreign Policy, and plenty of different newspapers and magazines.

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