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The myth of the failed state and the war on terror: a challenge to the conventional wisdom

Hehir, Aidan (2007) The myth of the failed state and the war on terror: a challenge to the conventional wisdom. Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding, 1 (3). pp. 307-332. ISSN 1750-2977

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17502970701592256

Abstract

A central hypothesis in the articulated rationale inspiring the war on terror suggests that failed states play a key role in the international terrorist nexus and require external intervention and guided democratization. This logic is based on two related premises; first that there is a direct link between failed states and international terrorism, second that democratic governance reduces the recourse to terrorism. This article suggests that there is no causal link between failed states and international terrorism and that the asserted ability of democratic governance to catalyze a reduction in terrorism is exaggerated if not wholly inaccurate.

Item Type:Article
Research Community:University of Westminster > Social Sciences, Humanities and Languages, School of
ID Code:4626
Deposited On:15 Jan 2008
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