As the United States copes with huge challenges in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan, other fragile states hang in the balance that may pose threats such as global terrorism, civil wars, genocide, economic collapse, humanitarian crisis, criminal networks, and illicit trafficking in arms, drugs, and persons. To address fragile and failed states, it is becoming accepted that sustainable peace and development is achievable only through multi-dimensional “whole of government” strategies that treat underlying as well as immediate drivers of instability and state weakness. However, a global economic crisis is now playing out that, though adding to the urgency of addressing unstable areas of the world, also is straining the U.S. budget to the limit. Moreover, the U.S. foreign policy agenda is already crowded with high priority geopolitical issues such as North Korea, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Iran, and U.S.-Russian relations.

Preventing and rebuilding fragile states, final agenda