Every U.S. entry into a sovereign nation, whether an invasion, occupation, full military conflict, or humanitarian intervention, has unpredictable outcomes that require contingency planning. Under what conditions should the United States include state building in its contingency toolkit? Can the United States sustain a commitment to the troops, money, and resources required by state building? Can state building fight terrorism while still protecting the right of sovereignty?
Foreign Affairs Editor Gideon Rose presided over a discussion with Bronwyn Bruton, deputy director of the Africa Center at the Atlantic Council, James Dobbins, director of the International Security and Defense Policy Center at RAND, and Clare Lockhart, director and co-founder of the Institute for State Effectiveness, at the Council on Foreign Relations office in New York.