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Re-thinking State Fragility

This project seeks to explore the need for, and possible approaches to, re-thinking and addressing state fragility.

Conflict, stability, security and fragility are immensely awkward notions and practices with which to work. That has not stopped particularly those in the West, however, from trying very hard and at considerable cost in the post-Cold War era to bring ‘order’ to ‘chaos’, ‘democracy’ to ‘anarchy’, and to spread the other benefits of their way of life. There have been ‘successful’ cases where outside involvement has made an important positive difference. However, the record of intervention has been mixed. Considering that the issues and problems facing policy-makers in addressing conflict, stability and security are as pressing as ever, it is timely to re-assess how the record might be improved in the future.

Project outcomes

Re-thinking State Fragility

The British Academy  | 

This publication illustrates some of the challenges and contestation in working in areas of conflict and insecurity, and offers insights for future practice and policy.

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Conflict, Stability & Security

Our activities under the theme of Conflict, Stability & Security aim to illustrate the importance of in-depth and broad understanding of the historical, political, linguistic, cultural and socio-economic context, as well as the importance of perspectives from the philosophical to the demographic, when examining and responding to conflict and insecurity overseas.

International

We foster international collaboration in the humanities and social sciences, and promote the sharing of international perspectives on global challenges.

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