James Dobbins

RAND Corp

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James Dobbins is a senior fellow and Distinguished Chair in Diplomacy and Security at the RAND Corporation. He is the author of The RAND History of Nation Building,  America's Role in Nation-Building: From Germany to Iraq,  The Beginner’s Guide to Nation-Building  and Foreign Service: Five Decades on the Frontlines of American Diplomacy.

A former US diplomat who helped oversee nation-building efforts in Somalia, Haiti, Bosnia, Kosovo, and Afghanistan, Dobbins served as a special envoy for Afghanistan immediately after 9/11.

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