Academic journal article Military Review

Ungoverned Territories

Academic journal article Military Review

Ungoverned Territories

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UNGOVERNED TERRITORIES, Angel Rabasa, Steven Boraz, Peter Chalk, Kim Cragin, Theodore W. Karasik, Jennifer D.P. Moroney, Kevin A. O'Brien, and John E. Peters, RAND Corporation, Santa Monica, CA 2007,384 pages, $44.00.

"Since the end of the Cold War, failed or failing states and ungovemed territories within otherwise viable states have become a more common international phenomenon. The collapse or absence of state authority produced many of the crises that have required intervention by U.S. or international forces. These ungoverned territories generate all manner of security problems, such as civil conflict and humanitarian crises, arms and drug smuggling, piracy, and refugee flows."

Such is the world that we live in, according to the authors of Ungoverned Territories, a RAND study commissioned by the U.S. Air Force to explain "the conditions that give rise to ungoverned territories and their effects on U.S. security interests" and to develop "strategies to allow the U.S. to mitigate the effects-specifically to reduce the threat posed by terrorists operating from these territories."

Ungoverned territories are "areas in which a state faces significant challenges in establishing control." The book covers eight such areas: the Pakistani-Afghan border, Arabian Peninsula, Sulawesi-Mindanao arc, East African corridor, West Africa, North Caucasus, the Colombia-Venezuela border, and the Guatemala-Chiapas border. …

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