Just how doomed were U.S. attempts at nation-building after the Cold War?
James Dobbins holds the Distinguished Chair in Diplomacy and Security at the RAND Corporation. He has held a number of positions in the State Department and White House including Assistant Secretary of State for Europe and Ambassador to the European Community. He served as the Clinton, Bush, and Obama Administrations’ special envoy for Somalia, Haiti, Bosnia, Kosovo, and Afghanistan between 1993 and 2014. Michael Mandelbaum, a member of the TAI Editorial Board, is the Christian A. Herter Professor Emeritus of American Foreign Policy at The Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.