Earlier I reported this lecture as it was posted by the LSE podcast. Now it has been released within the framework of UChannel. Fixing Failed States by Ashraf Ghani and Clare Lockhart. Here is a repost of the review I made last June.
What we look for as the unity we live in, the law-giver, the protector of rights and obligations, the sovereignty to rule economy, organize infrastructure and education and the agent in foreign relations is that flailing fiction the state. No matter how unrealistically imagined, the state is still what we look for and if we want to have national and international order, we'd better have functioning states.
Too many states are failing though. It has been the topic of many other podcasts, also reviewed below, and it came up again at LSE, where Ashraf Ghani and Clare Lockhart were invited to speak. The subject was the repair of failing states, as was the subject of their recently published book: Fixing Failed States; A Framework for Rebuilding a Fractured World. Ghani and Lockhart are claimed specialists on the nuts and bolts of state - what makes states succeed. From that insight they have drawn conclusions as to what are the recipes for repairing failed states.
The lecture is not terribly accessible, if not for the slightly dull speakers' tone than for the rather technical nature of the subject. The bottom-line is, what make states succeed is healthy finances and proper infrastructure and the way states can be helped is by programs that build these, but not any which way - the change must be sustainable. The importance is huge though, needless to say.
The Collapse (Republicans and America),
New Map for the Pentagon,
Slavery and the Supply Chain,
The denials of yesterday.
More on states and international politics:
The Post-American World,
Nuts and bolts of empire,
The State in The International System,
A century of geopolitics,
History of the International System.