Peace-Building in Weak States: A U.S. Global Imperative
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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There has been growing international concern about the threat to global security posed by failed and failing states since the beak-up of the Soviet Union, but the concern has become even more acute since the events of September 11, 2001. Terrorists and a host of other transnational threats operate from the safe havens of weak states. If they are left unchallenged, they will continue to threaten American interests around the world. Peace-building is a method that can be used effectively by the international community to manage the complex problem of dealing with critically weak states. What are the implications for future U.S. peace-building strategy in confronting this growing global challenge This paper attempts to answer this question by describing the threat posed by failed and failing states, characterizing the key aspects of failed and failing states, defining peace-building, placing the evolution of United States peace-building policy in historic context, and discussing the implications of this threat for future peace-building policy.
- Government and Political Science
- Unconventional Warfare