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Nation-Building Unraveled?: Aid, Peace and Justice in Afghanistan Paperback – November 1, 2003

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"Written with passion, with intellectual verve, and with stunning moral seriousness, the book is not only immensely important for its discussion of what actually happened in Afghanistan, and for its teasing out of the political and institutional implications of the Afghan experience for other 'humanitarian interventions' in the crisis zones, it is also a profound work about power in the twenty-first century."

"A volume that speaks to its title. . .an excellent account which demonstrates the worth of subjecting foreign policy to rigorous challenge from the ground up."

"An important, highly readable book that tackles one of the most significant items on the international agenda."

"Rarely does a book appear with this much insight and crucial, real-time information about a crisis still in progress."

"Topics apply to Iraq, and also Bosnia and the rest of the Balkans which have fallen off the front pages."

"In order to broaden its perspective, Nation-Building Unraveled? draws on the Afghan example as a case-study that can be applied to other areas in the world, where the international community faces similar challenges. It provocatively questions the traditional point of view that greater coordination between political, humanitarian and human rights action brings about better results in peace-building."

"Shows that the West’s military might and technological solutions cannot impose stability and democracy on the strife-torn country from outside."

"This is a timely book, with analysis solidly rooted in the realites of humanitarian action, almost all authors being practitioners, and should interest all who want to understand the changing politicization of aid."

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Using Afghanistan as a case-study that can be applied internationally - most notably to the case of Iraq - this book looks at nation-building with respect to civil society, humanitarianism, government, military, gender and the media. It offers an insider’s perspective to the costs and benefits, challenges and opportunities, trade-offs and compromises involved in response to conflict, injustice and chronic insecurity.

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