Fragile or Failed States

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Somalia's Second Chance? (Audio)

Speakers: Vicki Huddleston and Terrence Lyons
Presider: Tom McDonald

Listen to Vicki Huddleston, former charge d'affaires at the U.S. embassy in Ethiopia, and Terrence Lyons, associate professor of conflict resolution at George Mason University, discuss the potential for Somalia to successfully establish a viable government.

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Iraq’s Impact on the Future of U.S. Foreign and Defense Policy: Session 4: Coping with Rogue States, Failing States, and Proliferators [Rush Transcript; Federal News Service]

Speakers: Lawrence D. Freedman and Steven E. Miller
Presider: Richard K. Betts

A panel discusses the impact of the Iraq war on coping with rogue states, failing states and proliferators. The nexus between rogue states, weapons of mass destruction, and terrorists is also discussed.

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Why Nations Fail

In his new book Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty, Daron Acemoglu looks at why some nations prosper and why some fail. He concludes that it depends on whether institutions are pluralistic and inclusive or extractive and autocratic.

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Somalia's Second Chance?

Recent weeks have witnessed a dramatic turn of events in Somalia, including the defeat of the Islamic Courts in the capital, international economic and development assistance to stabilize the country, and the introduction of an African peacekeeping force to replace Ethiopian troops. Join us for an in-depth discussion of the challenges and opportunities the country faces in the year ahead.

View the Council Special Report Avoiding Conflict in the Horn of Africa: U.S. Policy Toward Ethiopia.

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