The Twin Processes of Nation Building and State Building

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Sinclair Dinnen

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Policy paper

The term 'nation-building' is used widely in reference to multilateral and bilateral engagements in post-conflict situations and other forms of international assistance to 'fragile' states. In Australia, nation-building has become an important part of the rationale for the Government's increased engagement with its Pacific neighbours in recent years. Australia's role in RAMSI in Solomon Islands, and recent operations in PNG, Tonga and Fiji covers a range of areas, including strengthening the rule of law, building the economy and improving governance standards. Despite its current prominence in international affairs, 'nation building' remains an imprecise term subject to interpretation. Given this lack of clarity, it is hardly surprising that there is considerable uncertainty about the practicalities of nation-building strategies among governments and non-government actors. Many of the same issues

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