The Misleading Problem of Failed States: a ‘socio-geography’ of terrorism in the post-9/11 era
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Contrary to a commonly held view, significant numbers of international terrorists do not come from failed states. Nor do failed states house many organisations that support terrorism. All states consistently fail some portions of their population. In fact, were we to generalise, it should only be along the following lines: from disenfranchised populations can come foot soldiers, from alienated populations can come terrorists. And these exist in pockets everywhere, including our own backyard. To the degree that these produce security problems, these problems are best handled by means other than direct military force.
Third World Quarterly, Volume 28, No. 2, 2007.The article of record as published may be located at http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01436590601153887