Running Risks
Weak States: When Should We Worry?

The U.S. government must do a better job anticipating the ways crises and conflicts in weak states can spread far and wide.

Appeared in: Volume 12, Number 4 | Published on: January 26, 2017
Seth D. Kaplan is a professorial lecturer in the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University, where he teaches a class on political risk. He is also senior adviser for the Institute for Integrated Transitions (IFIT) and a consultant to organizations such as the World Bank, USAID, and United Nations. The author wishes to thank Paul Stares of the Council on Foreign Relations for generating many of the original ideas in this essay during a series of conversations in the spring of 2016.
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