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. 

John Gledhill
Associate Professor of Global Governance