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Bringing State Theory Back In: Why We Should Let Go of ‘Failed States’

Hameiri, S. (2011) Bringing State Theory Back In: Why We Should Let Go of ‘Failed States’. Global Dialogue, 13 (1).

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Scholarly and practitioner interest in failed states and what to do about them has expanded exponentially since the end of the Cold War. For the world’s major governments and international organisations, it appears that state failure and its potential externalities are now core security concerns. For example, the United States’ latest “National Security Strategy”, released in May 2010, proclaims the “dark side” of globalisation—international terrorism, the spread of deadly technologies, economic upheaval and a changing climate—to be the gravest threat to US national security. Rebuilding failed states, whose weakness supposedly permits some of these risks to develop and multiply, is hence seen as a central component in realising the American security strategy:

"Our diplomacy and development capabilities must help prevent conflict, spur economic growth, strengthen weak and failing states, lift people out of poverty, combat climate change and epidemic disease, and strengthen institutions of democratic governance"

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: Asia Research Centre
Publisher: Centre for World Dialogue
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