This blog focuses on “failed states,” those countries with ineffective governments, extreme physical insecurity, and dysfunctional societies. The blog also considers places recovering from state failure or moving in that direction (i.e. fragile or weak states). Expect commentary about the threats associated with state failure (not just terrorism), and how the international community should best respond to these troubled lands. At times, the blog ventures more broadly into the realms of foreign policy and geopolitics. Expect commentary about key issues of the day, and undercovered stories that deserve a higher global profile. Given my background and interests, expect special emphasis on developing countries, and particularly Africa and Asia. Representative countries of interest include: Somalia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, Congo (DRC), and Nigeria.

Brennan Kraxberger, the blog’s author, holds a Ph.D. in geography from the University of Iowa. He has published scholarly work in journals such as African Affairs, Africa Today, Third World Quarterly, Progress in Development Studies, and Journal of Asian and African Studies.

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