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Acknowledgments Three events spurred the idea and development of this book.The first was in 2009,when I was invited to a dinner featuring recent graduates of a renowned graduate school for international relations. All had taken up interesting and important positions in government and nongovernment institutions, many in the international development field. I realized, over dinner and in conversation afterward,that they did not have much awareness of or interest in the impassioned debates arising from books by well-known development experts. Nor did I gauge much curiosity about what it meant to be poor. The general focus of the former students was on how you get things done. In 2010,I applied for a fellowship from the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars to write this book. Many years of work with youth and international development agencies had illuminated a gap between what most youth need and what international development agencies normally provide. I proposed to write a book on the mismatch and how the development approach might be improved. In 2011, when I received word that the Wilson Center would offer me a fellowship starting later that year,I was already working on an internal study for an international development agency on the state of marginalized young people and what might be done to improve their situation.My research and analysis for the study allowed me to begin probing the divergence I had proposed to write about at the Wilson Center. It’s unlikely that I could have written this book without the opportunity to become a Wilson Center fellow. My tenure allowed me to develop my analysis of the situation of war-affected African youth and how international development agencies responded to youth challenges. I also began to conceptualize what an enhanced response might entail. But in addition, my book writing benefited immensely from the support x i v A C K N O W L E D G M E N T S and collegiality I received.The Africa Program staff at the time—Steve McDonald , Mame-Khady Diouf, and Derek Langford, together with Alyson Lyons of the Project on Leadership and Building State Capacity—warmly welcomed me into the fold, always with generosity, from the get-go. So did the tirelessly helpful and upbeat Wilson Center staff charged with supporting my fellowship,from Kimberly Conner and Arlyn Charles to Krishna Aniel, Louisa Clark, and Lindsay Collins. The library team (Janet Spikes, Dagne Gizaw, and Michelle Kamalich) was unstintingly professional and gracious .I thank them all,and countless other staff members (including David Biette,Joseph Brinley,Geoffrey Dabelko,Kent Hughes,Robert Litwak,John Milewski,Blair Ruble,Drew Sample,and JohnTyler) for their assistance and good cheer,as well as Jane Harmon,the Wilson Center’s director,president, and ceo,and Michael Van Dusen,senior advisor to the president for alumni relations (and former executive vice president and chief operating officer), for their leadership. My fellow fellows were marvelous colleagues.In particular,I came to know and appreciate the scholarship and friendship of Roberto Briceño-León, Rochelle Davis, Maurice Jackson, Karthick Ramakrishnan, and my wonderful Africanist colleague,Robert Baum,as well as my fifth-floor neighbors: Luis Pásara,Xuefei Ren,Kathleen Vogel,Yafeng Xia,Ahmet Yükleyen,and, especially, Fabio Rugge. I also greatly appreciated exchanging ideas with William Milam, Aaron David Miller, and Rajiv Chandrasekaran, among many other dynamic fellows and scholars at the Wilson Center. I received superb and essential assistance in the development of archival research for this book. At the Wilson Center, I received support from three terrific interns: Trung Le, Ashley Newton, and Madeline Vellturo, who volunteered to pitch in and was a significant contributor.All of their work is deeply appreciated,in addition to the sterling contributions of three former Fletcher School students and research assistants: Rebekah Mierau, Justin Shilad, and Michele Wehle. For the writing I undertook in Harrisville, New Hampshire, I want to express special thanks to many of my Historic Harrisville neighbors, particularly Campbell Kipka, Andrew Maneval, Fred O’Connor, Oliver and Sara Strube, and Linda Willett, all of whom contributed to a stimulating (yet quiet) work environment.For the sections of the book I wrote in Tring, Hertfordshire, England, I wish to thank the energetic and generous Henry Cull, one of my stepsons, and the friendly waiters and bartenders at my A C K N O W L E D G M E N T S x v principal uk hangout (The Akeman...


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