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Rebuilding Weak States

Authors: Jeremy Weinstein, John Edward Porter, and Stuart E. Eizenstat
January/February 2005
Foreign Affairs


The turmoil caused by weak and failing states gravely threatens U.S. security, yet Washington is doing little to respond. The United States needs a new, comprehensive development strategy combining crisis prevention, rapid response, centralized decision-making, and international cooperation.

Stuart E. Eizenstat, head of the international practice at Covington & Burling, was Undersecretary of State and Deputy Secretary of the Treasury during the Clinton administration. John Edward Porter, a partner at Hogan & Hartson, was a U.S. Representative from Illinois for 21 years. Jeremy M. Weinstein, Assistant Professor of Political Science at Stanford University and Non-Resident Fellow at the Center for Global Development, served as Project Director of the center's Commission on Weak States and U.S. National Security. The other two authors co-chaired the commission.

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