Redefining Success: New Approaches to Engaging With Fragile States

Redefining Success: New Approaches to Engaging With Fragile States
Congolese police following an attack on Kinyandoni, North Kivu, DRC, May 13, 2009 (Photo by Spyros Demetriou).

Current ambitions to stabilize and reshape fragile states are of very recent origin. Most of the techniques and tactics that are now fashionable were unheard of a decade ago, and virtually none of them predate the end of the Cold War. As author and researcher Graeme Smith has noted, that makes international development and security assistance akin to pre-modern medicine, “when the human body was poorly understood and doctors prescribed bloodletting, or drilled into skulls to treat madness.” Of late, the patients of international intervention have not been doing well. In late 2012, a military coup in Mali made a […]

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