Post-Conflict Planning and Reconstruction: Lessons from the American Experience in Korea


Marcus Noland

East-West Center Working Papers, Economics Series, No. 112


Honolulu: East-West Center

Publication Date: June 2010
Binding: paper
Pages: 34
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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 U.S. 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.



Paper prepared for the Summit on Entrepreneurship and Expeditionary Economics, 25-27 May 2010, Kauffman Conference Center, Kansas City.




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