By Nathan Hodge
In could 2003, President George W. Bush declared victory in Iraq. yet whereas we received the warfare, we catastrophically misplaced the peace. Our failure triggered a basic swap in our overseas 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 under a decade, international guidance has turn into militarized; humanitarianism has been armed.
Combining fresh historical past and firsthand reporting, Armed Humanitarians strains how the strategies of nation-building got here into trend, and the way, evangelized via imagine tanks, govt seminars, and the click, this new doctrine took root contained in the Pentagon and the country 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 formidable new theories into motion.
Ultimately seeing this new period in overseas family members as a noble yet fallacious scan, he indicates how armed humanitarianism traces our assets, deepens our reliance on outsourcing and personal contractors, and ends up in perceptions of a brand new imperialism, arguably a significant component in any variety of new conflicts all over the world. As we strive to construct international locations, we may perhaps in reality be weakening our own.
Nathan Hodge is a Washington, D.C.-based author who makes a speciality of safeguard and nationwide protection. He has suggested from Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Russia, and several international locations within the center 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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