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Title: Radical Reconstructions: A Critical Analogy of US Post-conflict State-building
Authors: Vinha, Luís Miguel da 
Keywords: State-building; post-conflict reconstruction; US Foreign Policy
Issue Date: 2010
Publisher: Instituto de Defesa Nacional
Series/Report no.: 126
Serial title, monograph or event: Nação e Defesa
Volume: 126
Issue: 5
Abstract: Post-conflict state-building has been at the heart of contemporary debate in IR. However, state-building endeavours by foreign countries are not a novel phenomenon. This article establishes an analogy between the present-day US state-building experience in Iraq and the reconstruction effort in the postbellum South in the 19th century. The aim is to try to identify similarities and differences in the dynamics involved in both instances. The assessment demonstrates that both reconstruction projects did not look to restore the previously existing political order. Quite on the contrary, the secular state-building experiments of the US have culminated in the institutionalization of an agenda of radical transformation of the existing political, social, and economic orders. Both Radical Reconstruction and the War in Iraq can be best understood in the framework of the contemporary peacebuilding project, encompassed within the liberal state-building enterprise.
Rights: openAccess
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