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Today between forty and sixty nations, home to close to two billion people, have either collapsed or are teetering on the brink of failure. The world's worst problems — terrorism, drugs and human trafficking, absolute poverty, ethnic conflict, disease, genocide — originate in such states, and the international community has devoted billions of dollars to solving the problem. Yet by and large the effort has not succeeded.

Ashraf Ghani and Clare Lockhart have taken an active part in the effort to save failed states for many years, serving as World Bank officials, as advisers to the UN, and as high-level participants in the new government of Afghanistan. Now, in Fixing Failed States, they describe the issue — vividly and convincingly — offering an on-the-ground picture of why past efforts have not worked and advancing a groundbreaking new solution to this most pressing of global crises.

Military force, while certainly necessary on occasion, cannot solve the fundamental problems, and humanitarian interventions cost billions yet do not leave capable states in their wake. Ghani and Lockhart argue that only an integrated state-building approach can heal these failing countries. As they explain, many of these countries already have the resources they need, if only we knew how to connect them to global knowledge and put them to work in the right way. Their state-building strategy, which assigns responsibility equally among the international community, national leaders, and citizens, maps out a clear path to political and economic stability. The authors provide a clear, practical framework for achieving these ends, supporting their case with first-hand examples of struggling territories such as Afghanistan, Sudan, Kosovo, and Nepal as well as the world's success stories — Singapore, Ireland, and even the American South.

The battle against terror, poverty, climate change, and much more cannot be won unless we can save these nations. In Fixing Fixed States, two of the world's foremost authorities offer a way out of the current crisis — a framework for re-imagining the international system. It is a book that is unique in its essential optimism — an optimism that the authors have earned through their own substantial real-world efforts in failed states.

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"Ashraf Ghani is a practitioner turned theoretician. Drawing on his background at the World Bank and as the first post-Taliban finance minister of Afghanistan, he together with Clare Lockhart develops a comprehensive framework for understanding the problem of state-building. He argues persuasively that this will be the central challenge underpinning world order in our globalized age, and offers practical solutions for meeting it." Francis Fukuyama, author of State-Building: Governance and World Order in the 21st Century

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"This book is an important and timely alarm bell for the world's next crisis — and proves that no one knows more about how states function (and don't) than Ghani and Lockhart. We ignore their remedies at our peril." Hernando de Soto, author of The Mystery of Capital: Why Capitalism Triumphs in the West and Fails Everywhere Else

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"Ashraf Ghani has held one of the toughest jobs on earth: the Finance Minister responsible for the reconstruction of Afghanistan. This experience grounds the analysis of failed states in a rare sense of realism. Here, he and Clare Lockhart cover the full array of problems that beset failed states, which range far beyond the conventional remit of development agencies." Paul Collier, author of The Bottom Billion

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The world's worst problems — terrorism, drugs and human trafficking, poverty, ethnic conflict, disease, genocide — originate in collapsed or failing states. Ghani and Lockhart offer a picture of why past efforts have not worked and advance a new solution to these most pressing global crises.

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Today between forty and sixty nations, home to more than one billion people, have either collapsed or are teetering on the brink of failure. The world's worst problems--terrorism, drugs and human trafficking, absolute poverty, ethnic conflict, disease, genocide--originate in such states, and the international community has devoted billions of dollars to solving the problem. Yet by and large the effort has not succeeded.

Ashraf Ghani and Clare Lockhart have taken an active part in the effort to save failed states for many years, serving as World Bank officials, as advisers to the UN, and as high-level participants in the new government of Afghanistan. In Fixing Failed States, they describe the issue--vividly and convincingly--offering an on-the-ground picture of why past efforts have not worked and advancing a groundbreaking new solution to this most pressing of global crises. As they explain, many of these countries already have the resources they need, if only we knew how to connect them to global knowledge and put them to work in the right way. Their state-building strategy, which assigns responsibility equally among the international community, national leaders, and citizens, maps out a clear path to political and economic stability. The authors provide a practical framework for achieving these ends, supporting their case with first-hand examples of struggling territories such as Afghanistan, Sudan, Kosovo and Nepal as well as the world's success stories--Singapore, Ireland, and even the American South.

About the Author

Ashraf Ghani played a central role in the design and implementation of the post-Taliban settlement in Afghanistan, serving as UN adviser to the Bonn process and as Finance Minister during Afghanistan's Transitional Administration. He has worked at the World Bank and taught at Johns Hopkins and Berkeley universities. He has been nominated for the job of Secretary General of the United Nations and considered for the job of President of the World Bank. He chairs the Institute for State Effectiveness.

Clare Lockhart is Director for the Institute for State Effectiveness. She has worked for the World Bank, the United Nations and advised the Government of Afghanistan government in Kabul on its strategy and programs from 2002 to 2005. She advises countries and international organizations on state-building and has written widely on the topic.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction

Part One: Defining the Context

1. The Creeping "Sovereignty Gap"

2. Reversing History

3. Webs and Flows of Cooperation

4. Failed Politics

5. The Promises and Perils of Aid

Part Two: Defining the State For the Twenty-First Century

6. Toward a Multifunctional View of the State

7. The Framework: The Ten Functions of the State

Part Three: A New Agenda For State Building

8. International Compacts: Sovereignty Strategies

9. National Programs: The Challenge of Implementation

Conclusion: Collective Power

Afterward

Notes

Index

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Ghani and Lockhart have materialized the title of the book. It is evident that they have better understood the fundamentals of rebuilding the failed nations than any one other has. In today's globalized world, both politically and economically, there is no alternative to integrated framework for the rebuilding of the failed states.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780195342697
Subtitle:
A Framework for Rebuilding a Fractured World
Author:
Ashraf Ghani and Clare Lockhart
Author:
Ghani, Ashraf
Author:
Lockhart, Clare
Author:
null, Ashraf
Author:
null, Clare
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Subject:
Foreign Legal Systems
Subject:
Failed states
Subject:
International
Subject:
Government - Comparative
Subject:
International Relations - General
Subject:
Development - General
Subject:
Politics | International Studies | International Security
Subject:
Strategic Studies
Subject:
Politics | International Studies | International Security & Strategic Studies
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20080502
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
6.100 x 9.200 in 0.875 lb

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"Review" by , "Ashraf Ghani is a practitioner turned theoretician. Drawing on his background at the World Bank and as the first post-Taliban finance minister of Afghanistan, he together with Clare Lockhart develops a comprehensive framework for understanding the problem of state-building. He argues persuasively that this will be the central challenge underpinning world order in our globalized age, and offers practical solutions for meeting it."
"Review" by , "This book is an important and timely alarm bell for the world's next crisis — and proves that no one knows more about how states function (and don't) than Ghani and Lockhart. We ignore their remedies at our peril." Hernando de Soto, author of The Mystery of Capital: Why Capitalism Triumphs in the West and Fails Everywhere Else
"Review" by , "Ashraf Ghani has held one of the toughest jobs on earth: the Finance Minister responsible for the reconstruction of Afghanistan. This experience grounds the analysis of failed states in a rare sense of realism. Here, he and Clare Lockhart cover the full array of problems that beset failed states, which range far beyond the conventional remit of development agencies."
"Synopsis" by , The world's worst problems — terrorism, drugs and human trafficking, poverty, ethnic conflict, disease, genocide — originate in collapsed or failing states. Ghani and Lockhart offer a picture of why past efforts have not worked and advance a new solution to these most pressing global crises.
"Synopsis" by , Today between forty and sixty nations, home to more than one billion people, have either collapsed or are teetering on the brink of failure. The world's worst problems--terrorism, drugs and human trafficking, absolute poverty, ethnic conflict, disease, genocide--originate in such states, and the international community has devoted billions of dollars to solving the problem. Yet by and large the effort has not succeeded.

Ashraf Ghani and Clare Lockhart have taken an active part in the effort to save failed states for many years, serving as World Bank officials, as advisers to the UN, and as high-level participants in the new government of Afghanistan. In Fixing Failed States, they describe the issue--vividly and convincingly--offering an on-the-ground picture of why past efforts have not worked and advancing a groundbreaking new solution to this most pressing of global crises. As they explain, many of these countries already have the resources they need, if only we knew how to connect them to global knowledge and put them to work in the right way. Their state-building strategy, which assigns responsibility equally among the international community, national leaders, and citizens, maps out a clear path to political and economic stability. The authors provide a practical framework for achieving these ends, supporting their case with first-hand examples of struggling territories such as Afghanistan, Sudan, Kosovo and Nepal as well as the world's success stories--Singapore, Ireland, and even the American South.

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