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Is it possible to create stable states in the international system by force? This course examines typologies, theories, and case studies of forcible attempts to create secure and economically productive states. We critically assess state building processes such as internal security, political legitimacy, interim governance, multiethnic institutions, and economic development. The course examines territories that were administered by the British Empire, those that have been administered by the United States (the Philippines, Japan, Germany, Vietnam, and Iraq), and those that have been administered by the United Nations (Kosovo and East Timor). For complete and current details about this Harvard Extension course, see the description in the DCE Course Search.

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