State fragility is a much-debated yet, under-investigated concept in the development and international security worlds. The book marks a major step toward remedying the lack of research into the so-called fragility trap. The authors address three questions: Why do some states remain stuck in a fragility trap? What lessons can we learn from those states that have successfully transitioned from fragility to stability and resilience? And, how can third-party interventions support fragile state transitions toward resilience? The book covers six case studies—Pakistan, Yemen, Mali, Laos, Bangladesh and Mozambique.
Opening remarks by Nipa Banerjee, CIPS Principle Researcher and Senior Fellow, School of International Development and Global Studies.
David Carment is Professor of international affairs at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, Carleton University, and Fellow of the Canadian Global Affairs Institute (CGAI). He is also the editor of the Canadian Foreign Policy Journal. His research interests include the international dimensions of ethnic conflict including diaspora, early warning, peacekeeping, conflict prevention, and Canadian foreign policy analysis.
Yiagadeesen (Teddy) Samy is the Director of the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, Carleton University. He has published widely on issues related to international and development economics, and his current research interests include state fragility, aid effectiveness, domestic resource mobilization, and income inequality, with a particular focus on sub-Saharan Africa and small, developing island states.