Since the end of the Cold War era, a new dynamic has arisen within the international system, one that does t conform to established tions of the state's mopoly on war. In this changing environment, the United States, its allies, and the global community must decide how to respond to the challenges posed to the state by military threats, political and ecomic decline, and social fragmentation. Failed States and Fragile Societies considers the phemen of state failure and asks how the international community might better detect signs of state decay at an early stage and devise legally and politically legitimate responses. This collection of essays brings military and social historians into conversation with political and social scientists and former military officers. In case studies from the former Yugoslavia to Somalia, Iraq, and Colombia, the distinguished contributors argue that early intervention to stabilize social, ecomic, and political systems offers the greatest promise, whereas military intervention at a later stage is both costlier and less likely to succeed. Failed States and Fragile Societies is the first volume in Ohio University Press's Baker Series in Peace and Conflict Studies. Contributors: David Carment, Yiagadeesen Samy, David Curp, Jonathan House, James Carter, Vanda Felbab-Brown, Robert Rotberg, Ken Menkhaus.
IngoTrauschweizer is an associate professor in the Department of History at Ohio University and an affiliate at the Contemporary History Institute. He is the author of The Cold War U.S. Army: Building Deterrence for Limited War. His articles have appeared in the Journal of Military History, Cold War History, and other journals of history and politics. Steven M. Miner is a professor of history and director of the Contemporary History Institute at Ohio University. He is the author of Between Churchill and Stalin: The Soviet Union, Great Britain, and the Origins of the Grand Alliance and Stalin's Holy War : Religion, Nationalism, and Alliance Politics, 1941-1945 as well as numerous articles and essays.