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When: Thursday, October 22nd, 2020
Time: 7:00 pm — 8:30 pm

Via Zoom Conference Calling

Audience:Carleton Community, Current Students, Faculty

Author Meets Readers invites Carleton students and the community to join our first online, informal discussion on new books published by members of the Carleton University Faculty of Public Affairs.

About the Book:

State fragility is a much-debated yet underinvestigated concept in the development and international security worlds. Based on years of research as part of the Country Indicators for Foreign Policy project at Carleton University, Exiting the Fragility Trap marks a major step toward remedying the lack of research into the so-called fragility trap. In examining the nature and dynamics of state transitions in fragile contexts, with a special emphasis on states that are trapped in fragility, David Carment and Yiagadeesen Samy ask three questions: Why do some states remain stuck in a fragility trap? What lessons can we learn from those states that have successfully transitioned from fragility to stability and resilience? And how can third-party interventions support fragile state transitions toward resilience?

Carment and Samy consider fragility’s evolution in three state types: countries that are trapped, countries that move in and out of fragility, and countries that have exited fragility. Large-sample empirical analysis and six comparative case studies—Pakistan and Yemen (trapped countries), Mali and Laos (in and out countries), and Bangladesh and Mozambique (exited countries)—drive their investigation, which breaks ground toward a new understanding of why some countries fail to see sustained progress over time.

About The Authors:

Yiagadeesen (Teddy) Samy is a Full Professor of international affairs and currently the Director of the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs (NPSIA). He joined NPSIA in 2003 after completing his PhD in Economics and has recently been teaching courses on quantitative methods, development economics and development assistance. His current research interests include domestic resource mobilization, fragile states, foreign aid and income inequality, and with a particular focus on sub-Saharan Africa.

David Carment is a professor at Carleton University’s Norman Paterson School of International Affairs. He is series editor for Palgrave’s Canada and International Affairs, editor of Canadian Foreign Policy Journal and Fellow of the Canadian Global Affairs Institute. His research focuses on Canadian foreign policy, conflict analysis, mediation and negotiation, fragile states and diaspora politics.

About the Panelists:

Joe Landry is currently Senior Analyst with the Peace and Stabilization Operations Program (PSOPs) at Global Affairs Canada. He also is an adjunct lecturer at Carleton University, having taught the fourth year “Capstone” courses in International Development and International Public Policy. Landry holds a PhD in International Conflict Analysis and Management from the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University.

Dr. Kirsten Van Houten is a Contract Instructor in the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs. She recently completed her Ph.D. in International Development Studies at the University of Ottawa and her research examines the contribution of civil society organizations to peacebuilding efforts in the Eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. She has held a number of practitioner roles at the intersection of conflict and development, most recently as the Global Partnerships Coordinator at KAIROS Canada. She is an active member of the McLeod Group and the Human Rights, Research and Education Centre at the University of Ottawa.


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