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WPR's The New Rules: Building Real States to Empower the Bottom Billion

America's top African diplomat recently signaled Washington's desire to establish more official contacts with the autonomous region of Somaliland, which sits within the internationally recognized borders of the failed state known as Somalia. Meanwhile, both our Agency for International Development and the Pentagon's recently established Africa Command worry about Sudan's upcoming vote on formally splitting the country in two. For a country that has sworn off nation-building, it's interesting to see just how hard it is for America to remain on the sidelines while globalization remaps so much of the developing world.

Read the entire column at World Politics Review.

Reader Comments (1)

This is the type of nation building the American public will be able to tolerate in light of the experiences in Irag and Afghanistan. The tougher problem, as in N. Korea, is how to coordinate with other countries to move the entrenched police state down a more connected path. I doubt the US will have any desire to repeat the methods of the last decade in this regard unless allies or US directly attacked.

October 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJeff J

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