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The New Nicaragua : Lessons in Development, Democracy, and Nation-Building for the United States - Steven E Hendrix

The New Nicaragua

Lessons in Development, Democracy, and Nation-Building for the United States

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At the time of Ortega's return to the presidency, attorney and award-winning author Steven Hendrix was on the ground in Nicaragua working for the U.S. Agency for International Development. "The New Nicaragua: Lessons in Development, Democracy, and Nation-Building for the United States" is Hendrix's eyewitness account of the changes going on there.

What Hendrix found in the new Nicaragua is a decidedly mixed bag: a presidential campaign marked by dirty tricks and backroom deals, yet an election held under the first neutral comprehensive observation ever in the developing world; an overt effort to appease the United States even while attempting to undermine U.S. policy in the region. Yet despite this, Hendrix saw U.S. pro-democracy, civil society efforts succeed, disproving the many skeptics who doubt that nation-building is even possible.

"In the spring of 2005, the US Agency for International Development (USAID) asked its erstwhile agent Hendrex (law, DePaul U., Chicago) to go to the Central American country to spearhead the US government's democracy building. Here he recounts his two years in Managua, of which he is very proud. Among his topics are jumpstarting the rule of law in August 2005, international collaboration and turkeys in November, the Atlantic Coast regional election in March 2006, the Organization of American States engages in August, the election and its aftermath in November, the new Ortega administration begins to show its stripes in February 2007, and toward sustainability in counterweights and democracy in June." -

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Prefacep. vii
Introductionp. ix
Getting Up to Speed on Nicaragua (June 2005)p. 1
Welcome to Managua (July 2005)p. 11
Jumpstarting Rule of Law (August 2005)p. 15
Preparing for the March and November 2006 Elections (September 2005)p. 19
Zoellick's Public Diplomacy and a Disaster in Waspan (October 2005)p. 27
International Collaboration and Turkeys (November 2005)p. 33
Movimiento por Nicaragua (December 2005)p. 37
A Welcome for USAID Electoral Help and Partying with Herty, Eduardo, and Jose Antonio (January 2006)p. 41
Land of El Gueguence and the Boiling Frog (February 2006)p. 51
Atlantic Coast Regional Election (March 2006)p. 57
We Ponder What Just Happened and Welcome Visitors from Washington (April 2006)p. 71
One Step Forward, One Step Back (May 2006)p. 73
Electoral Preparations at Full Speed (June 2006)p. 79
Breaking the Silence (July 2006)p. 91
The OAS Engages (August 2006)p. 99
Working to Advance Transformational Development Even on the Eve of the Election (September 2006)p. 107
The Final Stretch (October 2006)p. 121
The Election and Its Aftermath (November 2006)p. 145
Refocusing (December 2006)p. 161
President Ortega (January 2007)p. 171
The New Ortega Administration Begins to Show Its Stripes (February 2007)p. 181
Drip, Drip, Drip Meets Wiley Coyote and Road Runner (March 2007)p. 195
David Hallengren and Brett Favre (April 2007)p. 211
Information Access (May 2007)p. 227
Toward Sustainability in Counterweights and Democracy (June 2007)p. 239
Postlude Reflections: Why Ortega Won and Democratic Counterinsurgencyp. 245
Select Bibliographyp. 257
Indexp. 259
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ISBN: 9780313379581
ISBN-10: 0313379580
Series: PSI Reports
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 269
Published: 1st September 2009
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 16.51  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.57