Renanah Miles

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Foreign Policy Essay

The Foreign Policy Essay: The (Many) Hurdles to U.S. Stabilization Operations

Editor’s Note:  The United States has repeatedly intervened to stabilize conflicts and build state capacity in the developing world. Most attention focuses on the desirability of military intervention and lessons learned – or missed – by the services and Department of Defense; the role of civilian agencies is often neglected. Yet over ten years after the United States invaded Iraq, and over twelve years after the United States first went into Afghanistan, the capacities of the State Department and the Agency for International Development to carry out stability operations remain weak.