Weak Links

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Weak Links: Fragile States, Global Threats, and International Security

Conventional wisdom holds that weak and failing states are the source of the world's most pressing security threats. However, our assumptions about the threats posed by failing states are based on anecdotal arguments, not on a systematic analysis of the connections between state failure and transnational security threats. Analyzing terrorism, transnational crime, WMDs, pandemic diseases, and energy insecurity, Weak Links will force policymakers to rethink what they assume about state failure and transnational insecurity.

Praise for Weak Links

"Understanding how and why states fail is not just an urgent task for policymakers but also for anyone interested in the main trends shaping the world. Weak Links is a rigorous account of a phenomenon that combines medieval-like realities with modern conditions. There is no other book like this."

Moisés Naím, Senior Associate, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and author of Illicit

"The phenomenon known as fragile states is typically over-determined but poorly specified, leading to sweeping conclusions of limited policy relevance. Stewart Patrick's new book performs a critically important service by analyzing fragile states in relation to specific security threats."

Chester A. Crocker, Professor of Strategic Studies, Georgetown University

"Weak Links takes on the conventional wisdom that there is a close connection between weak states and transnational threats like terrorism. The book demonstrates that the relationship is much more attenuated-perhaps a small comfort since the international community's ability to fix failed states is so limited."

Francis Fukuyama, Professor of International Political Economy, Johns Hopkins University

"Stewart Patrick's brilliantly researched book is an overdue corrective to some of the overwrought claims about the problems posed by failing, failed, and phantom

states. He shows that every state situation is different, demanding its own analysis and its own policy solution. Meticulously and impressively argued."

Gareth Evans, former Foreign Minister of Australia

"This superb book provides an important corrective to that flawed view."

G. John Ikenberry, Foreign Affairs