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Fragile systems and development

November 6, 2015

Excerpt from an OUPblog article, published on 2nd November, by Gary Milante, Director of SIPRI's Security and Development Programme.

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"It seems there are as many lists of fragile states as there are countries. All of these lists usually agree that Somalia should be near one end of the spectrum and Denmark near the other, but have different methodologies, approaches, and objectives. They are used for everything, from description to advocacy, prescription, and early warning. I’ve worked on these lists for the World Bank, commented on a number of launches for these lists, and have tried to think seriously about what they mean — how they can be useful and harmful. I’m glad to see our global understanding of fragility maturing. The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) report, “States of Fragility“, reflects how the world is thinking with ‘fuzzier’ classifications. It is time to move past a list of fragile states and into thinking about fragile systems."

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