State Failure, Development, and International Security

The challenges of intervening in fragile states

Authored by: David Carment , Joe Landry , Yiagadeesen Samy

Routledge Handbook of Civil Wars

Print publication date:  February  2014
Online publication date:  February  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415622585
eBook ISBN: 9780203105962
Adobe ISBN: 9781136255786


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The central debates about state failure are threefold. The first is the question of whether state failure is really something fundamentally new having only recently emerged out of distinct post-Cold War era problems. This has resulted in the emergence of a large literature on the consequences of state failure and civil war, which we briefly discuss below. The second is in regards to methodological issues of how to define and situate state failure within the larger framework of conflict and development analysis. The third debate centres on the extent to which policy applications should be driven by security and interventionist agendas.

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