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Failed State

The Fallacy of Failed States

Suchitra Vijayan | Posted 08.28.2014 | Politics
Suchitra Vijayan

A critique of the annual Failed (Fragile) State Index by Fund for Peace "There is no steady unretracing progress in this life; we do not advance th...

Fragile States/Fragile Families

Robert Walker | Posted 08.28.2014 | Politics
Robert Walker

Behind every country that erupts into civil war, falls victim to famine or flubs in respond to a natural disaster is a government that has failed to protect its citizens.

Will Civilization Collapse, or Evolve?

Richard Steiner | Posted 06.04.2014 | Green
Richard Steiner

What is now at risk is the functional integrity of the only biosphere we know, and the very continuation of civilization. And yet, we seem numb to this unprecedented threat. Will modern civilization evolve to become egalitarian and sustainable, or collapse?

Can We Afford Another Failed State in Afghanistan? Beyond the 2014 Drawdown

Zaman Stanizai | Posted 05.03.2014 | Politics
Zaman Stanizai

In the annals of U.S. foreign policy, Afghanistan stands as a typical case where a flawed military strategy has sidelined viable political solutions. Washington incentivized war through perks and privileges, and four-star promotions and undermined peace efforts. The U.S. has had a war strategy, but no political strategy or a clear exit strategy.

Congo: The Patchwork Country

Obadias Ndaba | Posted 04.07.2014 | Politics
Obadias Ndaba

When the United Nations troops and Congo's ragtag army defeated the M23 rebels last November, only those who don't understand the complexities and anatomy of Congo's tragedy could celebrate.

Mali's Struggle: Not Simply of Their Own Making

Stephen Zunes | Posted 07.09.2012 | World
Stephen Zunes

Despite formally handing over power on April 12, however, the junta continued to arrest opponents and still wields considerable influence. Scattered fighting between rival armed forces erupted in the capital last week.

Failing States

Christopher Holshek | Posted 06.02.2012 | World
Christopher Holshek

Failing states are failing states. The difference between over there and over here, however, is that we have been stacking the deck against ourselves.

Mexico Drug War a Lost Cause as Presently Fought

Sandy Goodman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Sandy Goodman

There's a powerful new piece of evidence that the war on drugs on the Mexican-American border is a lost cause.

Fresh Flooding In Pakistan Forces Hundreds Of Thousands To Flee

AP / Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- The floods tearing through Pakistan's breadbasket have further weakened this already unstable country, inflicting more economic...

Yet Another Blind Spot in the Afpak Analysis?

Saskia Sassen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Saskia Sassen

Pakistan's ranking as one of the worst failed states robs the country's often courageous civil society struggles from international support and visibility precisely when they need it most.

The Color of Failed States

John Feffer | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
John Feffer

What do we make of the cover of Foreign Policy magazine's latest issue, The Committee to Destroy the World? Our foreign policy -- and Foreign Policy -- could perhaps benefit from a little more honest introspection.

Dealing with Failed and Failing States

Rob Crilly | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Rob Crilly

Fragile states move in and out of world attention - forgotten and neglected until an al Qaeda operative emerges from a training camp or a natural disa...

The California as First "Failed State" Debate: Schwarzenegger, Davis, Whitman, and Jerry Brown

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William Bradley

Is California America's first "failed state?" I asked Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger; the governor he replaced, Gray Davis; and a famous former governor favored to be the next governor, Jerry Brown.

Empire of the Sunset

Randall Amster | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Randall Amster

Sometimes, I really miss America -- or at least the idea of it. You know: that can-do spirit, streets paved with gold, champion of the tired and poor,...

Haiti: The Spectacle

Robert Koehler | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Koehler

The obscenity of this viewing moment -- microphone aimed at the rubble -- has nothing to do with the ethics of the profession, or "ethics" at all. It's infinitely bigger. It' about our relationship to poverty.

Climate Terror: Global Warming, Failed States, and the Rise of Terrorism

Colin J. Fleming | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Colin J. Fleming

Sadly, the threat of untold misery enveloping the developing world didn't force the West to take climate change seriously. Perhaps the threat of terrorism will.

Minus One, Two or Three: Pakistani Politics Is Business Unusual

Hisham Wyne | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Hisham Wyne

Given that a concentrated campaign is underway to ensure that due democratic process is freed from future army interference and Pakistan is stabilized in the face of persistent existentialist threats, decapitating the political system by removing party heads is not smart.

Nigeria Nearing Failed State Status, Say Local Lawyers

BBC News | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

The head of Nigeria's leading lawyers' association has said the country is "gliding toward being a failed state"....

Failed States Present Dangers To International Community (AUDIO)

WorldFocus | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Somalia, Zimbabwe and Sudan topped the list of failed states this year -- rankings based on human rights, governance, economic activity and othe...

Will US Army's Development Delusions Cause More Deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan?

William Easterly | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
William Easterly

More in sorrow than in anger, I see that this utopian social engineering craze could encourage people with guns to use them.


Huffington Post Contributor | Farrukh Rehan | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

by Farrukh Rehan Every morning I roll out of bed and scan the papers on the net. Today, like most days, I find something distressing about Pakistan. ...

A Peek at America's Possible Future Pakistan Policy

Ali A. Rizvi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ali A. Rizvi

If America once turned on the Afghan allies that helped it defeat the Soviets, many Pakistanis feel, what would stop it from turning on Pakistan?

What If a State Failed and Nobody Cared?

Adam Elkus | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Adam Elkus

No one puts Mexico in the same category as a violent, unstable state like Pakistan. No one, that is, except the Pentagon.

Major Gaffe: McCain Said Pakistan Was a Failed State

Max Bergmann | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Max Bergmann

McCain just badly misstated the history of Pakistan. McCain said Pakistan was a failed state before President Musharraf came to power. That is not true.

John McCain's Foreign Policy Blunder

Robert Schlesinger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Schlesinger

Why aren't people making more of the fact that John McCain was flatly, factually wrong about Pakistan being a "failed state?"