Released in July 2005, this compelling 293-page report from the RAND Corporation examines the recent attempts of the US government to build (and rebuild) nations around the world. The report looks at such recent efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan, along with like-minded efforts in Panama, El Salvador, Somalia, Haiti, Bosnia, and East Timor. The report utilizes data on current and past levels of political violence, crime rates, and public opinion polls to perform its analysis, and recommends that the United States devote as much attention to planning post-conflict internal security as to planning the combat phase of nation-building operations. The report also notes that there are several crucial elements to establishing security, including creating a well-trained troop and police force in order to defeat and deter insurgents.
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