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The Challenges of State Fragility for US
and Global Security in an Interdependent World

Strategy for Peace
Conference Report
February 2010

The Stanley Foundation used the occasion of its 50th Strategy for Peace Conference at Airlie House Conference Center in Warrenton, Virginia, to go beyond the well-worn debates over which bureaucratic agencies or departments should have more funding or authority. Instead, participants addressed the major (often implicit) political/conceptual hurdles still blocking structural changes in US policies and toolkits toward the most fragile, weak, and failing states in the international system.

In a Track 1 1/2, not-for-attribution format, participants were asked to assess the core question, “What does it mean for the United States to treat state fragility, in all its forms and guises, as a strategic security challenge on the same order as nuclear proliferation or competition with rising powers such as China?”

Contents of The Challenges of State Fragility for US and Global Security in an Interdependent World

  • Introduction: Parsing the Global Problem of State Fragility by Michael Kraig
  • Keynote Address by Assistant Secretary Johnnie Carson
  • Forging a US Strategy Toward Fragile States Report by Jessica Rice, rapporteur
  • Participant List for the Forging a US Strategy Toward Fragile States Roundtable
  • Forging a US Policy Toward Fragile States by Pauline H. Baker
  • State Fragility as a Wicked Problem by Ken Menkhaus
  • Stabilizing States in Crisis: Leveraging International Capacity Report by Farah Faisal Thaler, rapporteur
  • Participant List for the Stabilizing States in Crisis: Leveraging International Capacity Roundtable
  • In Our Stead: Developing and Enhancing International
    Security Assistance Capacities by Ron Capps
  • The Global Balance Sheet: Emerging Security Threats in
    Fragile States and Multilateral Response Capabilities by David Nyheim
  • Rapid Political Response: A View from Turtle Bay by Michèle Griffin
  • African Security and the Future of AFRICOM Report by Alena Junko Tansey, rapporteur
  • Participant List for the African Security and the Future of AFRICOM Roundtable
  • About the Authors

Read the preconference working papers and agenda.
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