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The Resource What we owe Iraq : war and the ethics of nation building, Noah Feldman

What we owe Iraq : war and the ethics of nation building, Noah Feldman

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What we owe Iraq : war and the ethics of nation building
Title
What we owe Iraq
Title remainder
war and the ethics of nation building
Statement of responsibility
Noah Feldman
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
America is up to its neck in nation building--but the public debate, focused on getting the troops home, devotes little attention to why we are building a new Iraqi nation, what success would look like, or what principles should guide us. What We Owe Iraq sets out to shift the terms of the debate, acknowledging that we are nation building to protect ourselves while demanding that we put the interests of the people being governed--whether in Iraq, Afghanistan, Kosovo, or elsewhere--ahead of our own when we exercise power over them. Noah Feldman argues that to prevent nation building from turning into a paternalistic, colonialist charade, we urgently need a new, humbler approach. Nation builders should focus on providing security, without arrogantly claiming any special expertise in how successful nation-states should be made. Drawing on his personal experiences in Iraq as a constitutional adviser, Feldman offers enduring insights into the power dynamics between the American occupiers and the Iraqis, and tackles issues such as Iraqi elections, the prospect of successful democratization, and the way home. Elections do not end the occupier's responsibility. Unless asked to leave, we must resist the temptation of a military pullout before a legitimately elected government can maintain order and govern effectively. But elections that create a legitimate democracy are also the only way a nation builder can put itself out of business and--eventually--send its troops home. Feldman's new afterword brings the Iraq story up-to-date since the book's original publication in 2004, and asks whether the United States has acted ethically in pushing the political process in Iraq while failing to control the security situation; it also revisits the question of when, and how, to withdraw --
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HL6
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1970-
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Feldman, Noah
Dewey number
956.704431
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Postwar reconstruction
  • Iraq War, 2003-2011
  • Nation-building
Label
What we owe Iraq : war and the ethics of nation building, Noah Feldman
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Publication
Note
Reprinted. Originally published: 2004. With a new afterword by the author
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [141]-154) and index
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Introduction 1 CHAPTER ONE: Nation Building: Objectives 7 CHAPTER TWO: Trusteeship, Paternalism, and Self-Interest 52 CHAPTER THREE: The Magic of Elections and the Way Home 92 Conclusion: 130 Acknowledgments 133 Notes 135 Index 149
Control code
FIEb17489593
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
160 pages
Isbn
9780691126128
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)990520778
Label
What we owe Iraq : war and the ethics of nation building, Noah Feldman
Publication
Note
Reprinted. Originally published: 2004. With a new afterword by the author
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [141]-154) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Introduction 1 CHAPTER ONE: Nation Building: Objectives 7 CHAPTER TWO: Trusteeship, Paternalism, and Self-Interest 52 CHAPTER THREE: The Magic of Elections and the Way Home 92 Conclusion: 130 Acknowledgments 133 Notes 135 Index 149
Control code
FIEb17489593
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
160 pages
Isbn
9780691126128
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)990520778

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