Book Launch: “Institution-Building in Weak States”– Implications for Afghanistan

Please join the Stimson South Asia Program for the book launch and discussion of Andrew Radin’s new book, Institution-Building in Weak States: The Primacy of Local Politics. Radin, a political scientist at the RAND Corporation, will apply findings from his book to address the challenge of effective institution-building in Afghanistan in the context of the current peace process.

The discussion will focus on the role of institutions in generating a sustainable peace, the interests of domestic stakeholders, and likely challenges to international community engagement in a post-settlement environment. Elizabeth Threlkeld, South Asia Program Deputy Director, will offer discussant remarks and Sameer Lalwani, South Asia Program Director, will moderate.

Featured Speaker

Andrew Radin, Political Scientist at the RAND Corporation.

Additional Commentary

Elizabeth Threlkeld, Senior Fellow and Deputy Director of the South Asia Program at the Stimson Center.

Moderated By

Sameer Lalwani, Senior Fellow and Director of the South Asia Program at the Stimson Center.

In his recent book, Institution-Building in Weak States: The Primacy of Local Politics, Andrew Radin identifies lessons for institution building from past interventions in Bosnia, Kosovo, Iraq, Timor Leste and Ukraine. The book’s core finding is that interveners achieve the greatest success at improving partner institutions when they avoid provoking domestic opposition, and that they can do so by avoiding threatening two core domestic interests – nationalist goals and patron-client networks. The book also shows how improvements to state institutions depend on the size and scale of the international effort and the pre-existing level of development within a society.

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