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  • n. unifying the people or peoples within a state so that it remains politically stable and viable in the long run


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  • No one in the Obama administration uses the phrase "nation-building," but that is, of course, precisely what they are trying to do - or some lesser version of it.

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  • 5. During the cold war, the term nation-building was primarily used by the leaders in the developing world to describe their task of building independent nations out of those emerging from colonialism.

    The Great Experiment

  • Speaking January 5 alongside his Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, the president announced a shift in strategy for the American military, one that emphasizes aerial campaigns and proxy wars as opposed to "long-term nation-building with large military footprints."

    Medea Benjamin: Obama's Pentagon Strategy: A Leaner, More Efficient Empire

  • Is the "end of long term nation-building" really the best today's policy planners can do?


  • The objective is not to engage in what some call nation-building.

    How Wars end

  • On October 11, four days after the operation began, Bush told a press conference, “It would be a useful function for the United Nations to take over the so-called nation-building,” an activity Bush had disparaged during the campaign.

    The Great Experiment

  • And I think that defense is the key word as opposed to what I would describe as nation-building.

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  • The challenge ranges from leaden bureaucratic language full of arrimages and conciliation travail-famille to the Parti Québécois's propensity for rosy labels the nation-building business of sovereignty is a projet de société; Bernard Landry's attempt to revive his party program was the Saison des idées.

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  • Suri's book says that the idea of nation-building may encounter periods of retrenchment, but it always makes a comeback.


  • I am hopeful that China will emerge as a partner to the U.S. on such issues as terrorism, disaster relief, and nation-building, but we should be aware that as we have made economic choices to pursue these objectives in an almost single-handed fashion, we now find our economy exposed to a trading partner whose interests may differ from ours.

    Letters to the Editor


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