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Policy Papers - July 15, 2003

The Future of UN State-Building: Strategic and Operational Challenges and the Legacy of Iraq

Kirsti Samuels and Sebastian von Einsiedel

 

 

Whether by accident or design, the United Nations increasingly finds itself in operations that seek to build or re-build the institutions of a state. This report discusses the challenges facing the UN in such statebuilding activities in the post-Iraq environment. Three sorts of challenges are reviewed: those arising from a lack of conceptual clarity on the aim of statebuilding, those resulting from the transformed strategic environment, and those operational and strategic challenges inherent to the complex task of statebuilding.

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