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‘You, the People’: The Future of State-Building

Simon Chesterman

in You, The People: The United Nations, Transitional Administration, and State-Building

Published in print March 2004 | ISBN: 9780199263486
Published online April 2004 | e-ISBN: 9780191600999 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199263485.003.0009
‘You, the People’: The Future of State-Building

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Underlying all these issues is the most basic question of whether the United Nations and other international actors should be undertaking this sort of function at all. This chapter returns to the three sets of contradictions discussed in this Introduction—that the means are inconsistent with, inadequate for, and, at times, irrelevant to the ends—and recasts them in light of the changing role of the United Nations and its relationship to the United States. This relationship is important not merely because US political, economic, and military power may determine the success or failure of a transitional administration, but because US perceptions of its national security dictated the military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq in the first place. While the United Nations may be politically constrained from viewing transitional administrations through the lens of military occupation, the United States has sometimes appeared incapable of viewing them as anything else.

Keywords: Afghanistan; empire; Iraq; ownership; United Nations; United States

Chapter.  9082 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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