Engaging Future Failing States
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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The 2010 National Security Strategy of the United States identified the global security threat posed by failing states. The USG response for these threats in the past has vacillated between diplomacy and military intervention, with less than optimum results. Recognition of the need for a Whole-of-Government response led to the formation of the State Department Coordinator for Reconstruction and Stability to promote the security of the United States through improved coordination, planning, and implementation for reconstruction and stabilization assistance for foreign states and regions at risk of, in, or in transition from conflict or civil strife. The organizations and processes implemented since 2005 provide a more integrated United States Government approach, but are primarily focused on crisis response to existing conflicts. There is a need for a strategy to identify future failing states and provide contingency planning and anticipatory assistance. Challenges to this approach include lack of common definitions lack of real-time predictive analytics and organizational cultural barriers to contingency planning. Utilizing a holistic approach may provide the opportunity to anticipate and mitigate challenges of future failing states before crisis occurs.
- Government and Political Science