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Conclusion: A Set Of Principles To Approach State Failure

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State failure is a common phenomenon of contemporary international society. In this chapter, the author translates the conclusions reached in his study in a series of principles that should guide the actions of the international community in situations of State failure. These principles would ensure the lawfulness of planned assistance to help or replace State actions, and should be based on the assessment of the risks that the international community would suffer in case of inaction. The author highlights that State failure is a continuum, better pictured as a line, which starts with sovereignty and ends with State collapse. In sum, it is possible to develop a number of principles that would allow the international community to address situations of emergencies that threaten international security in failed, failing and fragile States. This requires a balanced approach framed within the cooperation principle, which provides reassurance to all actors involved.

Keywords: international community; state actions; state failure



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