LIVE STREAM at 3:00 pm: Who’s to Blame for Failed States?

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Headlining the July/August issue of Foreign Policy magazine is their always-fascinating “Failed States Index” measuring stability around the world.
In partnership with Foreign Policy, the New America Foundation will host a discussion TODAY from 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm of this year’s index and the causes of this insecurity in different parts of the globe. The event will feature New York Times and Foreign Policy contributor James Traub, The Fund for Peace President Pauline H. Baker, and — skyping in live from the Waldorf Astoria in New York — TWN publisher Steve Clemons. Foreign Policy’s Editor in Chief Susan Glasser will moderate what should be an eye-opening conversation. The event will live stream here at TWN.
— Andrew Lebovich

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13 comments on “LIVE STREAM at 3:00 pm: Who’s to Blame for Failed States?

  1. Anonymous says:

    Why on earth would a photographer snap a picture of a child drinking dirty water? It didn’t occur to this photographer to drop the camera and pull the child away from the lake?

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  2. nadine says:

    “WWII, the worst thing that ever happened to the Middle East. The crusading capitalists from the west divided up vast swaths of territory indirectly involved in the conflict as the veritable “spoils of the victors.” Shameful.”
    You actually mean WWI, not WWII. Or didn’t you know that? Suggesting reading
    A Peace to End All Peace: The Fall of the Ottoman Empire and the Creation of the Modern Middle East
    David Fromkin
    http://www.amazon.com/Peace-End-All-Ottoman-Creation/dp/0805068848/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1278023041&sr=1-1

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  3. The Pessimist says:

    Doubling down on Larry Birnbaum’s assessment, Id’ offer, with great historical evidence, that it is in fact all three. And would Israel even exist today if not for their patron saints from the west?
    WWII, the worst thing that ever happened to the Middle East. The crusading capitalists from the west divided up vast swaths of territory indirectly involved in the conflict as the veritable “spoils of the victors.” Shameful.

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  4. PissedOffAmerican says:

    OT…….
    Read this solicitation, and ponder what kind of convoluted reasoning deduces that AIPAC is not an agency representing the interests of a foreign government.
    https://action.aipac.org/donate/aid
    Can you imagine any other domestic lobbying entity asking for donations so that the lobbying entity can continue to assure that a foreign nation can afford to arm itself?

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  5. larry birnbaum says:

    In keeping with the venue, I was originally going to post a parodic post to the effect that it must be us. But since someone beat me to the punch, I’ll have to go with Israel.
    Although really, of course, it’s the British.

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  6. Carroll says:

    Different states fail for different reason and also occasionally for the same reasons.
    But there is no way you can come up with a list of failures that applies to ‘every’ failed state…although some failures will be shared by some states, some won’t.

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  7. W.E.B. Du Bois says:

    The reason for failed states failure is a really hard question, given the number of failed states that are out other, and the diversity among them. Any answer, unless given enormous research and theorizing has to necessarily be flawed. I’ll take a shot at it, just to further the discussion and my own understanding.
    The number one reason that failed states fail is internal reasons and not external reasons like (1) imperialism, (2) international bullying, or (3) economic imperialism through global free trade.
    Internal states fail because of weak institutions. When I say weak institutions, I mean the unity and political processes that exist to conduct the affairs of the state.
    I think examples of failed states are mostly in Africa, if not exclusively in Africa. The problems there is that there is really a lack of development of civilization. That’s tough to hear and tough to take in, but it’s true. Look at European history, Chinese history, Japanese history and Indian history. You had writing, recorded languages, powerful leaders and most importantly, a powerful central state.
    Were there any strong states in Africa? There were a few periods of such in Mali and Ghana, but they didn’t last long. The subsaharran African states just don’t have that history of a farm-based society. That’s really where civilization starts.
    The farmers have to stay put. People who stay put have to get along. People who get along need to communicate (language) and they need laws. Farmers need protection and then create states. Farmers need agricultural improvements and they create infrastructure (roads and irrigation).
    It all starts there. Due to the topography (jungles, mountains, savannahs and deserts) of Africa, this was not possible. That’s what I believe anyway.

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  8. fyi says:

    US, Saudi Arabi, Pakistan caused Afghanistan to fail.
    US & EU helped destroy Yugoslavia.
    US & EU & Ruusia helped destroy Iraq.
    Now they want to destory Iran as well.
    Hmmm….
    I see a pattern here, don’t you?

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  9. JohnH says:

    California is not on the list? Bankruptcy doesn’t count?

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  10. Carroll says:

    Don’t have time to read this right now but if it is the same one I saw several weeks ago at Foreign Policy they have a list of states most likely to fail…and Israel was NO. 56 in the 60 most likely to fail.
    And interesting was that the US was ranked as less stable than Australia.

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  11. Don Bacon says:

    Where has the US contributed to instability?
    (top ten)
    Somalia – check
    Chad
    Sudan
    Zimbabwe
    DR Congo
    Afghanistan – check
    Iraq – check
    Ctrl Afr Rep
    Guinea
    Pakistan – check
    Who’s to blame?

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  12. Don Bacon says:

    Where has the US contributed to instability?
    (top ten)
    Somalia – check
    Chad
    Sudan
    Zimbabwe
    DR Congo
    Afghanistan – check
    Iraq – check
    Ctrl Afr Rep
    Guinea
    Pakistan – check
    Who’s to blame?

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