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July 30, 2019

Sudan
Sudan's Fragile Transition

Despite some important progress toward a transitional framework for Sudan—on July 5, the civilian-led forces of the Freedom and Change coalition and the Transitional Military Council signed a deal on the structure for a three-year pre-election period—the country’s future remains deeply uncertain.

Sudanese people chant slogans and wave their national flag as they celebrate on the streets of Khartoum, Sudan, after the country's ruling military council and a coalition of opposition groups reached an agreement to share power during a transition period leading to elections, on July 5, 2019

June 11, 2014

Sexual Violence
Fragile States, Fragile Lives

Overview Existing evidence suggests that the correlation between child marriage prevalence and fragility should be examined more closely, as many of the countries with the highest rates of the pra…

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April 12, 2019

Mauritius
Mauritius Only "Very Stable" African Country, According to Fragile States Index

The Fund for Peace, a non-governmental organization, publishes each year its Fragile States Index. The index compares the social, economic, political, and security challenges facing 178 countries. Th…

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August 24, 2011

Asia
Myanmar: Failing State?

Mynamar's Aung San Suu Kyi (L) meets President Thein Sein at the presidential palace in Naypyitaw August 19, 2011 (Myanmar News Agency/Courtesy Reuters). In recent weeks, attention has focused …

Mynamar’s Aung San Suu Kyi (L) meets President Thein Sein at the presidential palace in Naypyitaw August 19, 2011.

March 11, 2009

Race and Ethnicity
Pakistan’s Fragile Foundations

Beset by increased terror attacks and political infighting, Pakistan’s viability as a state is a matter of increasing concern. Experts call for reforming weak civil institutions, resolving ethnic dis…

July 1, 2019

North Korea
Trump-Kim DMZ Meeting: Is Kim Jong-un Foil, Friend, or Foe?

Without proper preparations, what can a handshake at the DMZ deliver?

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March 20, 2003

United States
The Fragile State of Container Security

Written Testimony before a hearing of the U.S. Senate Governmental Affairs Committee Stephen E. Flynn, Ph.D.Commander, U.S. Coast Guard (ret.)Jeane J. Kirkpatrick Senior Fellow in National Security S…

February 27, 2019

Energy and Environment
“Perceptions” about Oil or Demand Realities?

Amin Nasser, Chief Executive Officer of Saudi Aramco, whose shareholder is a sovereign nation, weighed in this week with a warning against U.S. and European activist shareholders who are making deman…

The chief executive of Saudi Aramco, Amin Nasser, speaks during an interview with Reuters in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, December 13, 2017

July 30, 2014

Gender
Fragile States, Fragile Lives: Child Marriage Amid Disaster and Conflict

Drivers of child marriage, such as weakened institutions, lack of economic opportunity, and increased occurrence of sexual violence and assault, are exacerbated during armed conflict and natural disa…

June 4, 2018

United States
Trade Deals or Macroeconomic Shocks?

With ongoing euro uncertainty in Italy, financial turmoil in Argentina and Turkey, and potential fiscal risks to demand in Asia, does the Trump administration's focus on trade deals miss the larger m…

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