State Death in the International System

  title={State Death in the International System},
  author={Tanisha M. Fazal},
  journal={International Organization},
  pages={311 - 344}
  • T. Fazal
  • Published 1 April 2004
  • Political Science
  • International Organization
Under what conditions do states die? Survival is often assumed to be the primary goal of states. Yet international relations scholars have not previously examined the rate or the causes of state death in a systematic way. I argue that buffer states—states caught between two rivals—are particularly vulnerable to being coerced out of existence. Each rival is afraid that its opponent will conquer the buffer that lies between them, gaining strength and strategic advantage. The rivals' inability to… 

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