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State capacity and conflict
This project investigates the varying consequences for security of a dissolution in state capacity.
Ordinarily, we assume that state “failure” necessarily triggers a sharp and severe increase in levels of violent conflict. Upon closer investigation, however, it becomes clear that there is a degree of variation in the presence, absence, and intensity of violent conflict following a collapse of state capacity.
This project aims to identify and explain that variation through a qualitative investigation of state dissolution and variable forms and intensities of insecurity in Albania, Georgia, and Yemen, among other cases.