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Teaching Module: Perspectives on the Postwar Reconstruction "Fiasco"'

Author: David L. Phillips, Executive Director, The Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity
Updated: January 2007

Why should the United States care about rogue regimes or failed states? Simply put, unstable regimes are a threat to U.S. interests. Terror groups and criminal networks find haven in weak or failed states. They exploit porous borders to move people, money, weapons, and drugs. Human security is affected when government institutions are unable to meet basic needs or provide essential services. Poverty, disease, and humanitarian emergencies have transnational implications. Not only are conflict prevention and nation-building investments in U.S. security, they are also consistent with American ideals.

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