Weak Links: Fragile States, Global Threats, and International Security

Paperback | May 25, 2011

byStewart Patrick

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Conventional wisdom holds that weak and failing states are the source of the world's most pressing security threats. After all, the 9/11 attacks originated in an impoverished, war-ravaged country, and transnational crime appears to flourish in weakly governed states. However, our assumptionsabout the threats posed by failing states are based on anecdotal arguments, not on a systematic analysis of the connections between state failure and transnational security threats. Analyzing terrorism, transnational crime, WMDs, pandemic diseases, and energy insecurity, Stewart Patrick shows that while some global threats do emerge in fragile states, most of their weaknesses create misery only for their own citizenry. Moreover, many threats originate farther up the chain, inwealthier and more stable countries like Russia and Venezuela. Weak Links will force policymakers to rethink what they assume about state failure and transnational insecurity.

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Conventional wisdom holds that weak and failing states are the source of the world's most pressing security threats. After all, the 9/11 attacks originated in an impoverished, war-ravaged country, and transnational crime appears to flourish in weakly governed states. However, our assumptionsabout the threats posed by failing states are...

Stewart Patrick is Senior Fellow at the Council and Director of the Program on International Institutions and Global Governance at the Council on Foreign Relations.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 6.1 × 9.09 × 0.98 inPublished:May 25, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019975151X

ISBN - 13:9780199751518

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Left Behind: Understanding State Fragility2. Transnational Terrorism3. Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction4. Transnational Crime5. Energy Security6. Infectious DiseaseConclusionAppendices