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What Can the West Do to Help Failed and Badly Governed States?

Chatham House, London, UK


Stephan Krasner, Graham H. Stuart Professor of International Relations, Stanford University; Senior Fellow, Freeman Spogli Institute and Hoover Institution


As failed and failing states increasingly impact the rich and democratic OECD countries, the latter needs to identify realistic objectives for improving governance in the former. For the most part, policy-makers are trapped in an all or nothing world, assisting countries through any and all means, or doing nothing. A more achievable objective would be to aim for good governance, policies that would improve security, service delivery and economic performance but would not threaten the position of rent-seeking elites in exclusive orders.

Stephen D. Krasner is the Graham H. Stuart Professor of International Relations at Stanford University, and senior fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute and the Hoover Institution. From 2005 to 2007, he served under Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice as the director of policy planning at the State Department where he worked on foreign assistance reform and other projects. Krasner also spent a year in Washington at the beginning of the Bush administration, first on policy planning at the State Department and then with Rice at the National Security Council.

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