The 5 "P"s of nation-building
from Liberty's Surest Guardian
My book suggests there are 5 “P”s of nation-building:
- PARTNERS: Nation-building always requires partners; there must be communication between people on the ground and people in distant government offices.
- PROCESS: Human societies do not follow formulas. Nation-building is a process which does not produce clear, quick results.
- PROBLEM-SOLVING: Leadership must start small, addressing basic problems. Public trust during a period of occupation emerges from the fulfillment of basic needs.
- PURPOSE: Small beginnings must serve higher purposes. Citizens must see the value in what they’re doing.
- PEOPLE: Nation-building is about people. Large forces do not move history. People move history.
This chapter introduces the concept of nation-building as a PROCESS that is both historical and contemporary.
This chapter examines the origins of a specific and enduring approach to nation-building that has guided American thinking and action for more than 200 years. Nation-building is a long-standing American vision, a common PURPOSE across centuries.
This chapter analyzes the nation-building efforts within the United States that followed in the aftermath of the Civil War and the defeat of the Confederacy. Nation-building was a project that brought many PEOPLE together for the first time, especially former slaves.
This chapter investigates American nation-building efforts in the Philippines following the defeat of the Spanish colonial empire. American efforts in the Philippines relied on PARTNERSHIPS with many local figures.
This chapter focuses on the challenges of rebuilding Germany and other countries after the devastation of the Second World War. American efforts emphasized nation-building in Germany as a basis for PROBLEM-SOLVING.
This chapter analyzes the failures of American nation-building in Vietnam during the Cold War. Above all, American policies suffered from the absence of effective and legitimate PARTNERS.
This chapter examines how Americans responded to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 with new nation-building efforts in Afghanistan, Iraq, and other countries. Once again, nation-building is an essential part of American PROBLEM-SOLVING, especially in volatile regions of the world filled with failed states and potential threats to the United States.
Conclusion and Future of Nation-building:
This chapter looks forward to the almost inevitable American nation-building projects of the next decade. The history of the last 200 years cannot assure success, but it can help improve American policies, especially if we follow the "5 P's."