‘Guardianship’ vs. ‘Survivability’: The origins of the term ‘Failed State’

The failed state was invented in late 1992 by Gerald Helman and Steven Ratner, two US state department employees, in an article in – you guessed it – Foreign Policy, suggestively entitled Saving failed states. With the end of the cold war, they argued, “a disturbing new phenomenon is emerging: the failed nation state, utterly incapable of sustaining itself as a member of the international community”. And with that, the beast was born

via Failed states are a Western myth | The Guardian

just a quick one here as my eyes are stinging from looking at a computer all day but I found this interesting so had to share it

terms such as failed state have become so commonplace nowadays that it’s not even questioned when and how they permeated common discourse so it’s good to learn the above

click the link to read more from Elliott Ross‘ entry in the popular Comment is free section by The Guardian

I’ll close with another quote from the piece

Back in the 90s, few political scientists showed any interest in the concept of failed states, and binned it on arrival. The problem was that it didn’t offer any insight as a mode of analysis: a civil war is a civil war. A famine is a famine. A political crisis is a political crisis. A failed state is just rhetoric without a substantial theoretical or historical basis

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