This concluding chapter summarizes conclusions, sketches the scope conditions under which these conclusions hold, explores alternative hypotheses, offers policy recommendations, looks at the most recent state-building operations, and engages briefly with the discussion about the normative merits of armed state building. The chapter also introduces four additional areas for further research. First, scholars should compare cases of state building to “negative cases” of failed states to isolate the interventions’ impact on postconflict societies. Second, scholars should explore other periods of history to identify pre-twentieth century cases of state building. Third, scholars should test the distinction between state building and imperialism, and examine if dynamics of imperial rule mirror those of state-building operations. Finally, scholars should start looking at the foreign policy processes of state building.
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