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The absence of effective government is unquestionably one of the most important challenges in international law today. This introductory chapter provides insights into the content in the various chapters of the book. The book talks about the absence of effective government appeared on the international law agenda along with the concept of the 'failed state'. Under the leadership of the United States, the international community has intervened militarily in states such as Somalia, Iraq, and Afghanistan on the grounds that the chaotic situation in those countries threatens international peace. The absence of effective government is unquestionably one of the most important challenges in international law today. The international community's approach to the phenomenon under the paradigm of the 'failed state' since is at least as important because it has pervaded international law since the 1990s.

Keywords: 'failed state' paradigm; Afghanistan; effective government; international law; Iraq; military intervention; Somalia

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