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State-Building And The Transformation Of Warfare

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The literature on state failure and state-building converges towards the view that a state is expected to perform three core functions: First, a state is to assure security both internally towards its citizens and externally towards other states and their citizens. Second, a state is supposed to provide basic welfare services to its citizens. Third, a state must be perceived as representative and legitimate by its citizens. This chapter highlights how the emergence and proliferation of the phenomena associated with the new wars pose a challenge to state-building in the aftermath of intra-state armed conflict or war. It first briefly outlines the concept of post-conflict state-building. Then, it shows how the transformation of warfare poses a challenge to state-building in the wake of domestic violent conflict. Finally, the chapter summarizes the main arguments.

Keywords: state failure; state-building; warfare

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