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Losing the Golden Hour : An Insider's View of Iraq's Reconstruction - James Stephenson

Losing the Golden Hour

An Insider's View of Iraq's Reconstruction

Hardcover Published: 1st October 2007
ISBN: 9781597971515
Number Of Pages: 224

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In emergency medicine, “the golden hour” is the first hour after injury during which treatment greatly increases survivability. In post-conflict transition terminology, it is the first year after hostilities end. Without steadily improving conditions then, popular support declines and chances for economic, political, and social transformation begin to evaporate. James Stephenson believes we have lost Iraq’s golden hour. A veteran of postconflict reconstruction on three continents, he ran the Iraq mission of the Agency for International Development in 2004–05 with more than a thousand employees and expatriate contractors. The Coalition Provisional Authority, which oversaw the largest reconstruction and nation-building exercise ever, was a dysfunctional organization the Department of Defense cobbled together with temporary employees and a few experienced professionals from the State Department and other agencies. Iraqis soon became disillusioned, and the insurgency grew. Losing the Golden Hour tells of hubris, incompetence, courage, fear, and duty. It is about foreign assistance professionals trying to overcome the mistakes of an ill-conceived occupation and help Iraqis create a nation after decades of despair. Neither criticizing nor defending U.S. foreign policy, Stephenson offers an informed assessment of Iraq’s future. Selected for the Diplomats and Diplomacy Book Series of the Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training and Diplomatic and Consular Officers, Retired.

Forewordp. xi
Prefacep. xiii
Acknowledgmentsp. xvii
Glossaryp. xix
Mapp. xx
The Callp. 1
Spiraling into Gotterdammerungp. 11
The Proconsulp. 15
Interregnump. 21
Jonestownp. 29
Mud Wrestlingp. 37
The Mother of All Aprilsp. 43
Kafka Dies Hardp. 55
The Beginning of a Beautiful Friendshipp. 59
Exit Stage Left-Quicklyp. 67
Adult Supervisionp. 81
Trench Warfarep. 89
The Outcome Still in Doubtp. 93
Partnersp. 105
Attritionp. 109
Just a Little Lightp. 129
Winding Downp. 137
Going Homep. 145
Epiloguep. 149
Brief History of the Economic Growth Program in Iraqp. 157
Indexp. 167
About The Authorp. 175
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ISBN: 9781597971515
ISBN-10: 1597971510
Series: An Adst-dacor Diplomats and Diplomacy Book
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 1st October 2007
Publisher: Potomac Books Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.0 x 15.0  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.45