Organizing for Nation Building

Ambassador James
Dobbins
, Director of the International Security and
Defense Policy Center
at RAND, discusses how the United States
can best structure its efforts to stabilize and reconstruct post-war societies. 
In the wake of 9/11 and with major on-going nation building operations in
Iraq and Afghanistan, the United States
faces a unique set of challenges that require comprehensive, interagency
responses.  How does the national security apparatus provide these horizontal
responses in a vertically organized environment?  What is the appropriate
division of labor between the Department of Defense, the State Department, the
National Security Council and other agencies?  What role should Congress play
and how can it best foster effective reforms in this area?

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