‘Failed States’ and ‘State Failure’: Threats or Opportunities?

  title={‘Failed States’ and ‘State Failure’: Threats or Opportunities?},
  author={Morten B{\o}{\aa}s and Kathleen Jennings},
  pages={475 - 485}
Abstract This paper takes a critical look at the way the ‘failed state’ concept has been understood and operationalised, especially in the wake of the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001. Drawing on five case studies—Afghanistan, Somalia, Liberia, Sudan, and the Niger Delta region of Nigeria—it examines the circumstances under which the ‘failed state’ label is (or is not) applied. We argue that the use of the ‘failed state’ label is inherently political, and based primarily on Western… Expand
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