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Modern Revolutions

Since the English Civil War in the 17th century, the word “revolution” has raised the hopes of many for a better world, all the...

Africa, Americas, Asia, Correspondence, Europe, Middle East, Pacific, Politics, Security

On Eliminating WMD

Reading the wise words of Dr. Hans Blix (“A World Without WMDs? Modern Challenges to Nuclear Non-Proliferation,” Fall 2007), I was reminded of the...

Africa, Americas, Asia, Europe, Features, Letter from the Editors, Middle East, Oceania, Pacific, Politics, Security

Addressing Collapse

In October 1993, US soldiers landed in Mogadishu with a seemingly straightforward mission: they would abduct the lieutenants of Somali warlord Mohamed Farrah Aidid,...

Africa, Americas, Asia, Europe, Features, Human Rights, Middle East, Oceania, Pacific, Politics, Security

An Internal Challenge

The term “failed state” has only recently entered into international legal jargon to describe the collapse and dissolution of states. These processes have become...

Africa, Americas, Asia, Europe, Features, Middle East, Oceania, Pacific, Politics, Security

A New Approach

In the post-9/11 security paradigm, failed states are considered one of the main threats to international and regional security. However, there remains much debate...

Africa, Americas, Asia, Europe, Features, Middle East, Oceania, Pacific, Politics, Security

Failing the Failed

In December 2006, Ethiopian troops, with the support of the United States, entered Somalia to oust the Islamic Courts movement that had taken over...

Africa, Americas, Asia, Europe, Features, Middle East, Oceania, Pacific, Politics, Security

Fixing Failed States: A Cure Worse than the Disease?

The bipartisan Beltway consensus that sponsored the Iraq war is in the uncomfortable and unfamiliar position of having to justify its most basic tenets....

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The Conservator

The last several decades have seen a growing awareness of the phenomenon of failed states and its implications for the international system. In part,...

Africa, Americas, Asia, Europe, Middle East, Oceania, Pacific, Reviews

A Dubious Recipe

Amy Chua, Professor of Law at Yale Law School, has written an ambitious book covering a vast array of empires and other powers. The...

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Modern Revolutions?

Classic Revolutions: Marking the ‘First’ in History

Popular imagination has long been captured by the classic revolutions of history, and those very dates have become...