The self-fulfilling prophecy of failed states: Somalia, state collapse and the Global War on Terror

  title={The self-fulfilling prophecy of failed states: Somalia, state collapse and the Global War on Terror},
  author={Harry Verhoeven},
  journal={Journal of Eastern African Studies},
  pages={405 - 425}
  • Harry Verhoeven
  • Published 14 October 2009
  • Political Science
  • Journal of Eastern African Studies
Abstract Over recent decades, several states have experienced mounting difficulties in fulfilling classic state functions such as guaranteeing territorial integrity and law and order. Some “failing states” have even seen the disappearance of all central authority: “state collapse”. Since 11 September 2001, this phenomenon has been particularly associated with terrorism, trans-border criminality and global instability. The international community presents this “Orthodox Failed States Narrative… 
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