Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Concept of failed states

"The main reason is that the concept of the failed state has never existed outside a programme for western intervention. It has always been a way of constructing a rationale for imposing US interests on less powerful nations." "The failed state was invented in late 1992 by Gerald Helman and Steven Ratner, two US state department employees, in an article in – you guessed it – Foreign Policy, suggestively entitled Saving failed states." "What these failed states needed was the ever-benign "guardianship" of the western world." (thanks Amir)