Your assignment is to prepare and submit a paper on the linking failed states and terrorism. Contrary to popular belief that terrorist networks are faceless and therefore independent from states, there is actually a tight connection between failed states and terrorism. Firstly, the already chaotic environment of failed states “provide an attractive venue for terrorist groups seeking to evade counterterrorism efforts of the United States and its [GWOT] partners” (Dempsey 2006, v). Terrorist groups take advantage of the internal wars within these states to make themselves difficult to identify and difficult to sanction. Secondly, because of their chaotic environment, failed states easily welcome, are caught unaware by, or have no control over the entrance of insurgent groups and exiled notorious individuals. In effect, they “provide breeding grounds for terrorists, narcotics trade, black marketeering, human slavery, weapons trafficking, and other forms of nefarious activity” (Popp and others 2006, 2). With the view to establish a connection between failed states and terrorism, this essay presents the attributes of a failed state and how they attract and breed terrorist groups, insurgents and the like. In addition to a few case studies, the essay also explores certain alternatives considered by the counterterrorist movement to bring these failed states back to a more successful status.
For states to be considered a failure, they must first comply with the following attributes: the incapability to “[project] power and [assert] authority within their own borders,” “a monopoly on the legitimate use of force,” widespread corruption, high crime rates, “inability to collect taxes or otherwise draw on citizen support, large-scale involuntary dislocation of the population, sharp economic decline, group-based inequality, institutionalized persecution or discrimination, severe demographic pressures, brain drain, environmental decay,” and ineffectual provision of “basic public goods like territorial control, education and healthcare” (Rotberg, 2002. Fund for Peace, 2009. Huria, 2009, 1). . .
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