Past event

Conference

Fragile States and the International Community

Intervention, Interference or Indifference?

Chatham House, London

A conference organized in partnership with the BBC's The World Tonight

Attendance at this conference is reserved for Academic Institutional Members of Chatham House.

This timely conference will examine the concept of fragile states, and the means by which they may become stronger, with or without the help of the international community.

  • What is a fragile state? How is 'fragility' assessed?
  • How closely is the language of intervention aligned to foreign policy imperatives? Would more assistance be preferable, and what other types of foreign intervention can help strengthen fragile states?
  • To what extent has the international community been able to draw up best practice in dealing with ' fragile states'?
  • What is the way forward?

Organized for Chatham Houses academic institutional members, this event brings together key international policymakers, leading academics and media representatives to put forward their perspectives and engage in high-level debate on issues of strategic importance in the world of international affairs.

Session One
Overview

09.30 - 11.30

  • What is a 'fragile state'?
  • The responsibility to protect versus non-intervention - has R2P had its day?
  • How closely is the language of intervention aligned to foreign policy imperatives?
  • What are the criteria for deciding what type of intervention is most suitable - military, humanitarian, economic, state-building, sanctions, isolation?

Moderated discussion

11.30 Refreshments

Session Two
Case Studies: Macedonia, Somalia and East Timor

11.50 - 13.15

  • Why did failure occur?
  • How was it assessed?
  • What was done and what was the outcome?
  • Could collapse have been prevented?

Case Studies

- Macedonia
- Somalia
- East Timor

Moderated Discussion

13.15 Lunch

Session Three
Current States of Concern

14.00 - 15.45

  • Have the lessons from the past been learned?
  • What are current attitudes to 'fragile' states?
  • How can 'fragile' states be strengthened?

Overview: New approaches to fragile states

- Yemen
- Pakistan
- North Korea

Moderated discussion

15.45 Refreshments

Session Four
Lessons for the Future - The Way Forward

16.00 - 17.15

Panel discussion

17.15 End of conference and drinks reception

© The Royal Institute of International Affairs 2009

Attendance at this conference is stictly reserved for Academic Institutional Members of Chatham House.

Organized for Chatham House's academic institutional members, this event brings together key international policymakers, leading academics and media representatives to put forward their perspectives and engage in high-level debate on issues of strategic importance in the world of international affairs.

Please note that your registration will NOT BE ACCEPTED if you are not an Academic Institutional Member of Chatham House.