Nation Building as Security Policy


Block I. Foundational Concepts and Principles


This block introduces the concepts, lexicon, and analytic framework of nation building. It also provides a broad background and overview that prepares us to more narrowly focus on specific cases of nation building.




Block II. Nation Building Case Studies

II.A. Imperial attempts at nation building

Not all nation building attempts are alike, of course, but they can be divided into three broad categories—imperial, anti-colonial, and new states—to facilitate comparison.

II.B. Anti-colonial nation building

II.C. New states and nation building

II D. Postwar Germany and Japan

II.E. Vietnam

Block III. Afghanistan and Iraq

III.A. Afghanistan

Attempts at nation building post-9/11 are the focus of this block of instruction. Building on the broad foundation of the previous two blocks, this block focuses on nation building attempts in Afghanistan and Iraq.

III.B. Iraq



Block IV. Functional Views

IV.A. Security forces

Rather than looking at nation building from the perspective of a specific state, this block takes a functional view including issues relating to building security forces and post-conflict reconstruction and stabilization. This block also covers U.S. government organizations, national policy statements, and national security strategy.

IV.B. Policy statements

IV.C. Organizational capacities

IV.D. National security strategy

Block V. Conclusion


In this final block, students synthesize the course material, review the findings and conclusions of major studies, and draw their own conclusions.



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