Armed Humanitarians: The Rise of the Nation Builders by Nathan Hodge

By Nathan Hodge

In may well 2003, President George W. Bush declared victory in Iraq. yet whereas we received the warfare, we catastrophically misplaced the peace. Our failure caused a primary switch in our international coverage. faced with the shortcomings of "shock and awe," the U.S. army shifted its concentration to "stability operations": counterinsurgency and the rebuilding of failed states. In lower than a decade, overseas tips has develop into militarized; humanitarianism has been armed.
Combining fresh heritage and firsthand reporting, Armed Humanitarians strains how the options of nation-building got here into style, and the way, evangelized via imagine tanks, executive seminars, and the click, this new doctrine took root contained in the Pentagon and the nation division. Following this awesome scan in armed social paintings because it performs out from Afghanistan and Iraq to Africa and Haiti, Nathan Hodge exposes the problems of translating those bold new theories into motion.

Ultimately seeing this new period in overseas family as a noble yet fallacious scan, he exhibits how armed humanitarianism lines our assets, deepens our reliance on outsourcing and personal contractors, and results in perceptions of a brand new imperialism, arguably a significant component in any variety of new conflicts around the globe. As we try to construct international locations, we may perhaps in reality be weakening our own.

Nathan Hodge is a Washington, D.C.-based author who makes a speciality of protection and nationwide safety. He has stated from Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Russia, and several other nations within the heart East and previous Soviet Union. he's the writer, with Sharon Weinberger, of A Vacation, and his paintings has seemed in Slate, the Financial Times, Foreign Policy, and plenty of different newspapers and magazines.

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3 In his 1946 semiautobiographical novel, America Is in the Heart, the Filipino American writer Carlos Bulosan makes Seattle a pivotal location in the odyssey of his protagonist, Carlos, an immigrant itinerant worker in the 1930s American West. The city was Carlos’s (as well as the real-life Bulosan’s) point of disembarkation from the Philippines and a place to which he periodically returns or seeks to return in the course of his circuitous life in North America. Following a series of harrowing encounters with racial violence in California and Montana, Carlos goes back to Seattle.

Although Jackson Street was, by most accounts, a rough and seamy area from which “respectable” residents warily kept their distance, it was also a vibrant, ethnically and racially diverse place, and the landscape against which much of Seattle Japanese American history played out. 8 Jackson Street’s multiracial past also points to the need for an analysis of race in the West that employs an expanded lens that takes account of the presence of multiple, not just two, racial groups. From the early to mid-1900s, “Jackson Street” referred to a part of the city south of the downtown business district.

Although most of the new migrants came from within the United States (the Midwest states being especially well represented), many more people arrived from other countries than they had in earlier decades; according to the 1910 census, about 28 percent of Seattle residents were born outside the United States. Particularly numerous among immigrants from Europe were Scandinavians, who in 1910 made up about a third of Seattle’s foreign-born population. 13 A large foreign-born population in Seattle, however, did not make it the eclectic cultural melting pot we might expect to find, as most of these foreigners came from English-speaking nations such as Canada, England, and Scotland.

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