Fragile or Failed States


Why Nations Fail

Speaker: Daron Acemoglu
Presider: Isobel Coleman

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?

Speaker: Vicki Huddleston
Speaker: Terrence Lyons
Presider: Tom McDonald

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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