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Troubled Regions and Failing States : The Clustering and Contagion of Armed Conflict - Kristian Berg Harpviken

Troubled Regions and Failing States

The Clustering and Contagion of Armed Conflict

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Is the phenomenon of state failure better understood through a focus on the regional context? To what extent may studies of regional security benefit from a focus on the capacities and vulnerabilities of the states involved? These are the questions addressed in this volume of Comparative Social Research. Substantially, this special issue operates at the intersection of the larger debates on state failure and on regional (in-) security, relating to various perspectives within each of these. State failure, manifesting itself in the inability of a state to maintain its monopoly of violence, has become a widespread phenomenon in several regions of the world. Although the weakness of the institutions of the state in question is an obvious dimension of state failure, there is also an important international dimension. In many of these cases, conflicts are interwoven and violence spills across borders.

List of Contributorsp. ix
Editorial Boardp. xi
Troubled Regions and Failing States: Introductionp. 1
Failing States
The Theory of Failure and the Failure of Theory: 'State Failure', The Idea of the State and the Practice of State Buildingp. 27
Strong Chieftaincies Out of Weak States, or Elemental Power Unboundp. 51
Corruption and Conflict: Contrasting Logics of Collective Actionp. 77
Colliding State-Building Projects and Regional Insecurity in Post-Soviet Space: Georgia Versus Russia in South Ossetiap. 103
Transforming West African Militia Networks for Postwar Recoveryp. 127
Troubled Regions
Regional Security: Demarcating Theoretical and Empirical Bordersp. 153
Strong States in a Troubled Region: Anatomies of a Middle Eastern Regional Conflict Formationp. 171
State Strength on the Ethiopian Border: Cross-Border Conflicts in the Horn of Africap. 197
Natural Resources, International Regimes and State-Building: Diamonds in West Africap. 223
Re-Examining The 'Colour Revolutions': The Turn of the Tide From Belgrade to Ulan Batorp. 249
Caught in the Middle? Regional Perspectives on Afghanistanp. 277
Regional Responses
Power, Security and Regional Conflict Management in Southern Africa and South Asiap. 309
State Responses to Transnational Challenges: The Evolution of Regional Security Organisations in Africap. 333
Webs of War: Managing Regional Conflict Formations in West Africa and Central Africap. 355
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ISBN: 9780857241016
ISBN-10: 085724101X
Series: Comparative Social Research : Book 27
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 392
Published: 7th July 2010
Publisher: Emerald Publishing Limited
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6  x 3.3
Weight (kg): 0.72