Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Realism About Failed States

"The trouble with trying to fix failed states," argues Fareed Zakaria, "is that it implicates the United States in a vast nation-building effort in countries where the odds of success are low and the risk of unintended consequences is very high" — The failed-state conundrum.

He qotes Bronwyn Bruton of the Council on Foreign Relations (!), who "makes the case for 'constructive disengagement,'" saying "We have a limited capacity to influence events in Somalia, to influence them positively, [b]ut we have an almost unlimited capacity to make a mess of things."

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