Risk and Failing States

Christine Cheng

Lecturer in International Relations, Department of War Studies, King's College London

Isobel Coleman

Senior Fellow and Director of the Civil Society, Markets, and Democracy Initiative, and Director of the Women and Foreign Policy Program, Council on Foreign Relations

Stewart M. Patrick

Senior Fellow and Director of the International Institutions and Global Governance Program, Council on Foreign Relations


Experts discuss the inherent risk of failing states and the economic consequences for the United States and global community.

This session is part of a CFR symposium, Risk and Strategy for the Changing World, which was made possible by the generous support of Rita E. Hauser, and organized in cooperation with King's College London.

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