Stability of States: The Nexus Between Transnational Threats, Globalization and Internal Resilience


Stability of States: The Nexus Between Transnational Threats, Globalization and Internal Resilience

In this study, the authors contend that in our globalized world the stability of any individual state (irrespective of its size and importance) plays a critical role in the stability of the entire international system. There are multiple ways to achieve state stability, whether through western-style democracies or through other forms of good and effective governance that are in keeping with local cultures and histories. Regardless of whichever system is used, it is critical that there are certain minimal criteria of governance that are adhered to and must include human dignity, equality, and prosperity. This book contributes a timely analysis of ways to achieve and the methods required to maintain global stability and provides a valuable tool to anyone who is interested in true and lasting transnational security.



"This survey of state instability accomplishes three interlinked tasks: it identifies how and why states fail; critically assesses the nature of the relationship between weak and failed states and transnational sources of insecurity; and analyzes more fully the impact of globalization upon this nexus. This book constitutes a powerful tool for policy makers, practitioners, and analysts. It not only allows them to more effectively determine which policy responses might best address this phenomenon, but also to create an appropriate set of metrics that can then gauge the viability of such responses through time."

Dr. Graeme P. Herd, Faculty Member, Geneva Centre for Security Policy and Associate Fellow, International Security Programme, Chatham House, London


1. Exploring the Nexus Between Globalization, Transnational Sources of Insecurity, and the Stability of States

2. Internal Factors of Stability

1. Maintenance of Public Order Through Stable Institutions
2. Legitimacy 
3. Provision of Welfare and a Sound Economic Infrastructure
4. Social Cohesion

3. External Factors of Stability

1. Security Cooperation 
2. International Economy

4. State Failure – A Post-Cold War Phenomenon

1. Historical Roots

5. Internal Factors of Instability

1. Economic Indicators 
2. Poor and Ineffective Governance
3. Social Indicators and Societal Factors
4. Illegal Narcotics and State Failure 
5. Violent Internal Conflict

6. External Factors of Instability

1. The Global Economy 
2. Foreign Aid as a De-stabilizing Force 
3. The Transnational Movement of Conflicts, People, and Ideas

7. Transnational Security Threats Caused by State Weakness and Failure

1. De-stabilizing the Global Order 
2. Terrorism 
3. Transnational Organized Crime 
4. Diseases and the Environment 
5. State Collapse, Migration, and Asylum

8. Addressing and Reversing Instability

1. Warning Signs 
2. Finding the Right Policy Responses 
3. Policy Measures in and Between Developed States 
4. Promoting Development in States at Risk
5. The Development versus Security Debate
6. The Human Security Approach 
7. Long-term versus Short-term Measures 
8. Rapid Reaction Forces 
9. Preventing Violent Conflict 
10. The Changing Meaning of Sovereignty
11. Understanding the Impact of a Systemic Shock on State Stability: Dynamics of a Tipping Point

9. State Building

1. Building States for a People, and its Limitations 
2. Bosnia 
3. Post-conflict Reconstruction – Some Basic Guidelines 
4. Toward a Sustained Peacebuilding Effort

10. Conclusion