Nation/State-Building, Democratization and US Foreign Policy

Authored by: Robert J. Pauly

The Ashgate Research Companion to US Foreign Policy

Print publication date:  December  2009
Online publication date:  March  2016

Print ISBN: 9780754648628
eBook ISBN: 9781315613727
Adobe ISBN: 9781317041177

10.4324/9781315613727.ch16

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Abstract

In the 18 years that have elapsed since the end of the Cold War, the international system has been torn by the eruption of more inter- and intra-state conflicts than was the case during the previous half-century-long standoff between the United States and the Soviet Union. Ranging geographically from the Balkans and sub-Saharan Africa to the Middle East and Asia, the proliferation of conflicts in the post-Cold War era is attributable to a variety of causes, including the pursuit of traditional geopolitical interests and the resurgence of age-old ethnic and religious rivalries. A common thread linking such conflicts is the need to stabilize and then rebuild a state or broader region involved in a given war once hostilities have come to a conclusion.

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