State Building

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Assistance or Alibi?
Assistance or Alibi?

Strengthening regional players in Africa

18/10/2012 | by Henning Riecke | Mali, CSDP

The European Union has decided to support the new Malian government in reclaiming sovereign control over the northern parts of Mali. The EU will create a small training mission for Bamako to help it better cope with the Islamist occupation of this territory, which makes up the greater part of the country.

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Limited Turbulence

The problems of the EU’s new member states pose no threat to the European project

01/06/2009 | by Reinhold Vetter | Central and Eastern European countries, Government and Society

The Czech Republic’s government collapsed this spring, Latvia faces national bankruptcy, and Slovak nationalists are mobilizing against the Hungarian minority. Twenty years after their peaceful revolutions, the countries of East Central Europe are not paragons of stability. Are they teetering on the brink of collapse?


New Features of an Old Middle East
In pursuit of regional stability, give the nation state a chance
01/09/2006 | by Volker Perthes
In the Middle East today, the existence and credibility of functioning nation states provides a prerequisite framework for brokering a lasting, multilateral peace deal in the region. Despite the rise of religious sentiment and non-state transnational actors across the region, many of the secular Arab leaderships understand this reality well.
Category State Building, Government and Society, Near and Middle East/North Africa
Leadership and Postcommunist Transition
The new Central European democracies succeeded on their own
The new democracies that emerged after communist collapse in Central Europe did not enjoy strong or charismatic leaders. It was much more a case of improvisation by political amateurs. Yet the likes of Poland’s Leszek Balcerowicz and Czechoslovakia’s Vaclav Havel effected radical changes. The President of the Batory Foundation, Warsaw, suggests twelve reasons for this counterintuitive success.
Category State Building, Corruption, Poverty, Government and Society, Democratization/System Change, Central Europe, Eastern Europe
Iraq- Lessons To Be Learned
We're still learning-- and unfortunately, so is the insurgency.
01/08/2005 | by Peter Faber, Carlo Masala
Two years after the start of the Iraq war, it’s time for NATO to draw some conclusions about the way this conflict and its aftermath were managed. Pre-war judgments are not omniscient. Strategic intelligence that is instrumentalized can be dangerously misleading. Dismantling a state leaves a vacuum that other forces will fill. Defense ministries are better at fighting than at planning postwar occupations.
Category Fragile States, Conflicts and Strategies, Security, NATO, State Building, Democratization/System Change, Iraq
The Seven Pillars of State-Building
The military genuins of Lawrence of Arabia lay in his politics
01/08/2005 | by John C. Hulsman
Lawrence of Arabia was no ivory tower theorizer, but an on-the-ground practitioner of politics and warfare. His and Emir Feisal’s force of 3000 pinned down 50,000 Turks. We could do worse than following his example as we try to do 21st-century state-building around the world.
Category State Building, Fragile States, Government and Society, Iraq
Standards and Status
Violence against minorities a year ago scared everyone
01/01/2005 | by Marie-Janine Calic
Talks on the final legal status of Kosovo are due to start this summer. So far Pristina and Belgrade remain at loggerheads, and the international community is only beginning to formulate some ideas of how to square the circle of Serb refusal to give up its erstwhile province and Kosovar Albanian insistence on nothing less than full independence. The internationals have now ruled out any return to Serb rule, however.
Category State Building, Government and Society, Kosovo, South-East Europe, Europe
Democratizing the Mideast
01/08/2004 | by Udo Steinbach
The American campaign to democratize Iraq, and through it the Greater Middle East, was hampered from the outset by a failure to take the region's history and culture properly into account, says the Director of the German Orient Institute. The traditional Islamic concept of good governance centers on justice, not on individual freedom or political participation. Democratization will have to be a long, evolutionary process.
Category Conflicts and Strategies, State Building, Democratization/System Change, Iraq, United States of America, Near and Middle East/North Africa
Sub-Saharan Africa
01/05/2004 | by Helmut Strizek
Sub-Saharan Africa is in far deeper trouble than it should be. Although this region does have substantial natural deficits, its greatest disadvantages are man-made: failing governance, war, and harmful outside meddling.
Category Security, Fragile States, Conflicts and Strategies, Resources and Energy, Corruption, State Building, Geographical areas of Africa, West Africa, Central Africa, Southern Africa, East Africa