A Stitch in Time: Stabilizing Fragile States

May 11, 2011

Report of the Bipartisan Policy Center Stabilizing Fragile States Initiative Steering Committee.

“[T]he United States faces both the necessity of maintaining the force and technical capability to break hostile enemies, and that of learning how to help weaker nations become stable, willing partners before they give rise to threats. The United States must surmount four obstacles in order to attain this capability: a lack of coherent strategy; a dearth of civilian capabilities; inflexible funding mechanisms; and insufficient commitment to sustained stabilization efforts.”

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