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Post-conflict planning and reconstruction: lessons from the American experience in Korea


  • Noland, Marcus


The American experiences in Afghanistan and Iraq have motivated a re-examination of earlier experiences with post-conflict planning and reconstruction. This paper reviews the US experience in Korea following the Second World War and the Korean War; addresses the political economy of establishing institutions of governance in post-conflict situations; considers the issue of “portability”: the extent to which the South Korean experience may reflect unique and irreproducible conditions; and then applies these ideas by comparing the South Korean experience to the contemporary case of Afghanistan. Some conclusions and policy recommendations are contained in the final section.

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  • Noland, Marcus, 2010. "Post-conflict planning and reconstruction: lessons from the American experience in Korea," MPRA Paper 23533, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  • Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:23533

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    1. Susan M. Collins & Won-Am Park, 1989. "External Debt and Macroeconomic Performance in South Korea," NBER Chapters,in: Developing Country Debt and the World Economy, pages 121-140 National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
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    4. Soon Cho, 1994. "Dynamics of Korean Economic Development, The," Peterson Institute Press: All Books, Peterson Institute for International Economics, number 25.
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    post-conflict; reconstruction; Korea; Afghanistan; Iraq;

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    • N45 - Economic History - - Government, War, Law, International Relations, and Regulation - - - Asia including Middle East
    • H11 - Public Economics - - Structure and Scope of Government - - - Structure and Scope of Government
    • H56 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies - - - National Security and War

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