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Acknowledgements viii Introduction: War and Conflict in Today's World 1 1 Major Characteristics of Fragile States 14 2 The Formation of Fragile States 25 3 Fragile Statehood and Violent Conflict 46 4 Coping with State Fragility 97 5 Surprising Deviations: Fragility Escaped 138 Conclusion: The Fragile State Dilemma 159 References 173 Index 186

About the Author

Lothar Brock is research professor at the Peace ResearchInstitute, Frankfurt. Hans-Henrik Holm is professor and head of department atthe Danish School of Media and Journalism. Georg Sorensen is professor of political science atAarhus University. Michael Stohl is professor of communication and politicalscience at the University of California, Santa Barbara.


"The authors have done a superb job unpacking the complexitiessurrounding the concept of 'fragile state'. The scholarship isfirst-rate. Highly recommended." Choice "A very important book, tightly argued and brilliantly written,two qualities rarely found in a work by four authors ofseveral nationalities. It is committed neither to anideological orthodoxy, whether neo-liberal or neo-Marxist,norpurely descriptive or historical. It is both theoretical andempirical, both firm and nuanced. This small book is worth awhole library of studies on nation-building, fragile states andforeign interventions." Survival "An invaluable analysis which, in addition to imparting a deepinsight into the complex nature of fragile states, gives a coherenthistorical framework which defines political trends intoday s era." LSE Politics Blog "A very readable and practically oriented approach to understandingthe issue of state fragility." Ethnopolitics "A valuable contribution to the literature, analysing conflict anddevelopment in the modern era. The comprehensive historicalinformation for each case study is of particular note, ensuring aclear and reasoned discussion of highly complex issues." Australian Journal of International Affairs "The authors offer a concise and robust introduction to fragilitywithout falling into the trap of oversimplification." Nationalities Papers "An empirical triumph with policy relevance - truly unique in ourfield." George A. Lopez, University of Notre Dame "Largely based on the analyses of selected country studies,this important investigation into the roots of state fragilitybrings out results which question the need for further developmentassistance and instead find arguments for changes in, for instance,farm policies of rich countries. Particularly noteworthy in thisbook is the inclusion of cases that have avoided the statefragility that has afflicted neighboring countries. This givesfurther food for thought on how insightful governance can escapethe dilemmas of state fragility." Peter Wallensteen, Uppsala University

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