Both required and optional readings are listed below. Course modules specify which of the following material is required or optional reading and specify the date the reading assignment is due. Discussion questions are drawn exclusively from required reading. Optional material may help you with your chosen term paper research and may be of interest to those of you pursuing a thesis topic in this area.
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James Dobbins et al. The Rand History of Nation-Building. Santa Monica, Calif.: Rand, 2008. http://www.rand.org/pubs/monographs/MG304.1/
James Dobbins et al. America’s Role in Nation-Building: From Germany to Iraq. Santa Monica, Calif.: Rand, 2008. Rand MR-1753, download individual chapters from http://www.rand.org/pubs/monograph_reports/MR1753/
James Dobbins et al. After the War: Nation-Building from FDR to George W. Bush. Santa Monica, Calif.: Rand, 2008. Rand MG-716 Full Report, Summary only.
Marina Ottaway. “Nation Building,” Foreign Policy (September/October 2002): 16-24.
Doyle and Sambanis. “International Peacebuilding: A Theoretical and Quantitative Analysis,” American Political Science Review (December 2000): 779-801.
Ahmed Rashid. Descent into Chaos: The United States and the Failure of Nation Building in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Central Asia. New York, N.Y.: Viking Penguin, 2008.
William Russell Easterly. The White Man's Burden: Why the West's Efforts to Aid the Rest Have Done So Much Ill and So Little Good. (New York: Oxford University Press, 2007).
William R. Easterly and William Easterly. The Elusive Quest for Growth: Economists' Adventures and Misadventures in the Tropics. (Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 2002).