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The Day After: Why America Wins the War but Loses the Peace

Brendan Gallagher


This book explores why, in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Libya, we initially mopped the floor with our enemies only to discover we had no coherent plan to manage the “day after.” The ensuing postwar debacles had staggering consequences that continue to reverberate today. How did this happen? This book argues there is a tension between our desire to create a democracy and our competing desire to pullout as soon as possible. Our leaders often use magical thinking to try to accomplish both aims and keep everyone happy – but such an incoherent approach is likely to sow chaos. This book incorporates new i ... More

Keywords: postwar planning, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Kosovo, promoting democracy, nation building, wishful thinking, George W. Bush, Barack Obama

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781501739620
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2020 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501739620.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Brendan Gallagher, author
United States Army

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