Rebuilding War-Torn States


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Table of Contents

List of Abbreviations
Edmund S. Phelps: Foreword
Introduction: Reconstruction off track
Part I: War-to-Peace Transitions
1: Features of Recent Transitions
2: Debate on the Economic Consequences of Peacetime
Part II: Post-conflict Economic Reconstruction
3: Definitions and Characteristics
4: Basic Premises for Policymaking
Part III: International Assistance
5: The Multilateral Framework for International Assistance
6: Issues for debate on International Assistance
Part IV: Lessons from Case Studies
7: UN-Led Reconstruction Following UN-Led Negotiations: El Salvador
8: UN-Led Reconstruction Following NATO-Led Military Intervention: Kosovo
9: UN-Led Reconstruction Following US Military Intervention: Afghanistan
10: US-Led Reconstruction Amid US-Occupation: Iraq
Part V: A Strategy for Reconstruction: Lessons, Policy Guidelines, and Best Practices
11: Setting the Stage
12: Basic Institutional Framework
13: National Reconciliation Efforts
14: Macroeconomic Policymaking
15: Microeconomic Policymaking
Concluding Remarks: Putting reconstruction on track

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5 February, 4pm in the Lecture Theatre, Manor Road Building, Oxford Prof. Graciana del Castillo (Columbia University) will discuss aspects of her recently published book Rebuilding War-Torn States (Oxford University Press, 2008).

About the Author

Graciana del Castillo is an expert on countries in crises - both financial and post-conflict. Her roles in the cabinet of the UN secretary-general in the early 1990s and in the IMF from 1996, saw her involved in ongoing operations and economic reconstruction in Central America, Africa, Asia, and Kosovo.

She was a director at S&P's and the Centennial Group, a senior consultant to the Inter-American Development Bank, a visiting scholar at the OECD Development Center, and a participant in USAID bids for reconstruction projects in Afghanistan and Iraq. She is a founding partner of the Macroeconomic Advisory Group. With a Ph.D. in Economics from Columbia University (1986), she has been Adjunct Professor there since 1990 and is now research scholar and associate director of the center on
capitalism and society. Her articles have appeared in top economic and political journals and newspapers worldwide.


`...Graciana del Castillo makes an important contribution to debates about peace-building and postwar reconstruction with a substantial, case study-based work...the book is packed with critical information, statistics and perspectives, and it will be an important source for theorists and practitioners alike.'
Times Higher Education Supplement
`I believe that in summarizing the lessons learned from the Salvadorean experience, Graciana is not only very accurate in her insights and analysis, but also provides an extremely valuable tool for consolidating peace in other countries around the world.'
Alfredo Cristiani, Former President of El Salvador
`Addresses effectively and successfully one of the most important, timely, and fascinating subjects in the international policy arena. Dr. del Castillo's analysis combines her great talents as an international economist with her understanding and experience of the way international organizations work. She provides an illuminating and insightful presentation of the difficulties in implementing economic reconstruction and outlines the measures that need to be
taken to turn reconstruction into a success By providing a realistic and well informed analysis of the subject, this book is an important contribution. It is a must read for policymakers, academics,
practitioners and those interested in the political economy of peace.'
Dr. Jacob A. Frenkel, Vice Chairman, American International Group Inc. (AIG), and Chairman, Group of Thirty (G30). Formerly Bank of Israel, International Monetary Fund, and University of Chicago
`This volume offers a highly readable, economically literate discussion of the inter-linked political and economic dimensions of peacebuilding that too often do not receive sufficient attention amidst concerns over security. It draws on many important case studies, including Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as reminding us of the historically salient lessons of international attempts to support and consolidate peace in El Salvador and Timor Leste.'
David M. Malone, President of the International Development Research Centre, former President of the International Peace Academy, and author of 'The International Struggle For Iraq: Decision-Making in the UN Security Council, 1980-2005'
`Rebuilding War-Torn States is that rare book that brilliantly combines the insights of an experienced practitioner with the disciplined argument of a meticulous researcher. Dr del Castillo distills lessons from the peacebuilding efforts in El Salvador, Kosovo, Afghanistan and Iraq. She concludes with incisive and provocative strategic lessons that neither the scholars nor the decision-makers can afford to neglect.'
Michael W. Doyle, Harold Brown Professor of International Affairs, Law and Political Science, Columbia University. Special Adviser to UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan (2001-2003)

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