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Re-thinking State Fragility

Published by The British Academy

A publication illustrating some of the challenges and contestation in working in areas of conflict and insecurity, and offering insights for future practice and policy.

This publication offers insights by independent analysts and seasoned practitioners on a range of issues related to state fragility. It developed from an international conference which the British Academy held to explore post-conflict transitions, enduring political settlements, and engagement with so-called fragile states. The conference examined the lessons learnt from conflict prevention interventions, stabilisation operations and state-building exercises. It also explored the UK’s engagement with conflict, stability and security; differing approaches and perspectives, particularly from emerging powers; dilemmas which engagement with conflict, stability and security can create, including resistance to the fragile states terminology; and had a particular focus on Somalia and the Horn of Africa, Ukraine, the DRC, and Lebanon, and how to achieve enduring political settlements and transitions.

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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

The British Academy's activities under this theme 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.


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