Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes Stewart Patrick, Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, for a discussion of his new book, "Weak Links." Patrick discusses the criteria for defining fragile states and for creating benchmarks for evaluating whether they pose national security threats with reference to terrorism proliferation, criminal activity, energy insecurity and infectious disease. He argues that in most cases the links are tenuous and the focus on one category obscures the challenges these states actually pose for the U.S. and the community of nations. He proposes that the United States focus on an early warning system that anticipates problem areas, identify local environments that shape harmful outcomes, engage in multilateral solutions, and de-emphasize the over reliance on military solutions.
Key Words: Failing States, Nation Building
November 28, 2011
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