Date of Graduation
Master of Science in Defense and Strategic Studies
Defense and Strategic Studies
nation-building, insurgency, counterinsurgency, Vietnam, El Salvador, Afghanistan, Iraq
Defense and Security Studies | Military History | Other International and Area Studies | United States History
U.S. defense policy has often relied on a strategy of nation-building to reform the local government and address the root causes of the instability in a given nation or region. This strategy has, in recent years, been criticized for being ineffective and a wasteful drain on American resources. This paper will determine if such criticism is valid by analyzing the performance of four security environments where such a strategy was used: Vietnam, El Salvador, Afghanistan, and Iraq. The paper will determine if such a strategy was effective in these conflicts by analyzing the progress of reforms and, when possible, the final outcome of the conflict.
© Joseph Valles
Valles, Joseph, "Analysis of Nation-Building during Insurgency in U.S. Defense Policy Strategy" (2019). MSU Graduate Theses. 3453.