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State Failure and State Weakness in a Time of Terror - Robert I. Rotberg

State Failure and State Weakness in a Time of Terror

By: Robert I. Rotberg (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 31st January 2003
ISBN: 9780815775744
Number Of Pages: 456

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The threat of terror, which flares in Africa and Indonesia, has given the problem of failed states an unprecedented immediacy and importance. In the past, failure had a primarily humanitarian dimension, with fewer implications for peace and security. Now nation-states that fail, or may do so, pose dangers to themselves, to their neighbors, and to people around the globe: preventing their failure, and reviving those that do fail, has become a strategic as well as a moral imperative. State Failure and State Weakness in a Time of Terror develops an innovative theory of state failure that classifies and categorizes states along a continuum from weak to failed to collapsed. By understanding the mechanisms and identifying the tell-tale indicators of state failure, it is possible to develop strategies to arrest the fatal slide from weakness to collapse. This state failure paradigm is illustrated through detailed case studies of states that have failed and collapsed (the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Sierra Leone, the Sudan, Somalia), states that are dangerously weak (Colombia, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan), and states that are weak but safe (Fiji, Haiti, Lebanon).

Prefacep. vii
Failed States, Collapsed States, Weak States: Causes and Indicatorsp. 1
Cases of Failure and Collapse
The Democratic Republic of the Congo: From Failure to Potential Reconstructionp. 29
Sierra Leone: Warfare in a Post-State Societyp. 71
The Sudan: A Successfully Failed Statep. 101
Somalia: Can a Collapsed State Reconstitute Itself?p. 129
Dangerously Weak
Colombia: Lawlessness, Drug Trafficking, and Carving Up the Statep. 161
Indonesia: The Erosion of State Capacityp. 183
Sri Lanka: A Fragmented Statep. 219
Tajikistan: Regionalism and Weaknessp. 245
Safely Weak
Fiji: Divided and Weakp. 265
Haiti: A Case of Endemic Weaknessp. 287
Lebanon: Failure, Collapse, and Resuscitationp. 305
Contributorsp. 341
Indexp. 345
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ISBN: 9780815775744
ISBN-10: 0815775741
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 456
Published: 31st January 2003
Publisher: Brookings Institution
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.18 x 15.55  x 3.23
Weight (kg): 0.69