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Who's to Blame for Failed States?

The 2010 Foreign Policy/The Fund for Peace Failed States Index came out this month and once again Somalia tops the list for the third year in a row. Why be polite about it? Failed states are a disaster -- for the people who live in them and for the international community that struggles to figure out what to do about them. So let's cast some blame, point some fingers, and name some names. We'll start with the dictators and tyrants who rule them, the international organizations who coddle them, and the other countries, regimes and superpowers who support them. As James Traub says in the July/August issue of Foreign Policy magazine, the US has long struggled to come up with a policy towards failed states, and he quotes Secretary Gates in saying that "dealing with such fractured or failing states is, in many ways, the main security challenge of our times."
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