Fixing Failed States: A Framework for Rebuilding a Fractured World

Paperback | October 4, 2009

byAshraf Ghani, Clare Lockhart

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Today between forty and sixty nations, home to more than one billion people, have either collapsed or are teetering on the brink of failure. The world's worst problems - terrorism, drugs and human trafficking, absolute poverty, ethnic conflict, disease, genocide - originate in such states, andthe international community has devoted billions of dollars to solving the problem. Yet by and large the effort has not succeeded. Ashraf Ghani and Clare Lockhart have taken an active part in the effort to save failed states for many years, serving as World Bank officials, as advisers to the UN, and as high-level participants in the new government of Afghanistan. In Fixing Failed States, they described the issue - vividly andconvincingly - offering an on-the-ground picture of why past efforts have not worked and advancing a groundbreaking new solution to this most pressing of global crises. For the paperback edition, they have added a new preface that addresses the continuing crisis in light of continuing governanceproblems in weak states like Afghanistan and the global financial recession. As they explain, many of these countries already have the resources they need, if only we knew how to connect them to global knowledge and put them to work in the right way. Their state-building strategy, which assignsresponsibility equally among the international community, national leaders, and citizens, maps out a clear path to political and economic stability. The authors provide a practical framework for achieving these ends, supporting their case with first-hand examples of struggling territories such asAfghanistan, Sudan, Kosovo and Nepal as well as the world's success stories--Singapore, Ireland, and even the American South.

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Today between forty and sixty nations, home to more than one billion people, have either collapsed or are teetering on the brink of failure. The world's worst problems - terrorism, drugs and human trafficking, absolute poverty, ethnic conflict, disease, genocide - originate in such states, andthe international community has devoted bil...

Ashraf Ghani played a central role in the design and implementation of the post-Taliban settlement in Afghanistan, serving as UN adviser to the Bonn process and as Finance Minister during Afghanistan's Transitional Administration. He has worked at the World Bank and taught at Johns Hopkins and Berkeley universities. He has been nomina...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 9.2 × 6.1 × 0.6 inPublished:October 4, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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AcknowledgmentsIntroductionPart I: Defining the Context1. The Creeping "Sovereignty Gap"2. Reversing History3. Webs and Flows of Cooperation4. Failed Politics5. The Promises and Perils of AidPart II: Defining the State for the Twenty-First Century6. Towards a multi-functional view of the state7. The Framework: The ten functions of the statePart III: A New Agenda for State-building8. International compacts: sovereignty strategies9. National Programs: the Challenge of ImplementationConclusion: Collective Power