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Armed State BuildingConfronting State Failure, 1898-2012$
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Paul D. Miller

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780801451492

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801451492.001.0001

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Strategies of State Building

Strategies of State Building

(p.83) 6 Strategies of State Building
Armed State Building

Paul D. Miller

Cornell University Press

This chapter discusses different strategies of state building in each aspect of statehood, while drawing on the historical record to illustrate the strengths and weaknesses of different approaches. For each of the five dimensions of statehood, the chapter describes strategies of state building in three ascending levels of invasiveness: Observer strategy, Trainer strategy, and Administrator strategy. The analysis of security strategies illustrates an example of how state-building operations do not always need more troops and more time. The chapter shows how the international community came close to meeting the demands of even an anarchic environment, but still failed because of inadequacies in other aspects of their strategy. The match between strategy and circumstance across all five dimensions of statehood is the most crucial point.

Keywords:   state-building strategies, statehood, Observer strategy, Trainer strategy, Administrator strategy, state-building operations

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