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Redrawing the Lines: The Pitfalls of New States

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Despite the international community's experience of the past 20 years, the process by which a new state is born remains a perilous one. Just weeks before its imminent independence, South Sudan is facing military threats to its long-term stability from both outside and inside its borders. In Kosovo, diplomatic gridlock and ethnic divisions continue to undermine that new nation's claim to sovereignty. And in new states born of war, the international community must change its approach to economic reconstruction to better address the specific needs of post-conflict environments.

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