By Nathan Hodge
In could 2003, President George W. Bush declared victory in Iraq. yet whereas we gained the conflict, we catastrophically misplaced the peace. Our failure triggered a primary swap in our overseas coverage. faced with the shortcomings of "shock and awe," the U.S. army shifted its concentration to "stability operations": counterinsurgency and the rebuilding of failed states. In below a decade, international assistance has turn into militarized; humanitarianism has been armed.
Combining fresh heritage and firsthand reporting, Armed Humanitarians strains how the recommendations of nation-building got here into style, and the way, evangelized via imagine tanks, executive seminars, and the click, this new doctrine took root contained in the Pentagon and the kingdom division. Following this outstanding scan in armed social paintings because it performs out from Afghanistan and Iraq to Africa and Haiti, Nathan Hodge exposes the problems of translating those formidable new theories into motion.
Ultimately seeing this new period in international kinfolk as a noble yet mistaken test, he exhibits how armed humanitarianism lines our assets, deepens our reliance on outsourcing and personal contractors, and ends up in perceptions of a brand new imperialism, arguably a significant component in any variety of new conflicts all over the world. As we strive to construct international locations, we may well in reality be weakening our own.
Nathan Hodge is a Washington, D.C.-based author who makes a speciality of safety and nationwide safety. He has stated from Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Russia, and several other nations within the center East and previous Soviet Union. he's the writer, with Sharon Weinberger, of A Vacation, and his paintings has seemed in Slate, the Financial Times, Foreign Policy, and lots of different newspapers and magazines.