Fragile States Index 2016: A Review
   ·   01 Nov, 2016   ·   184    ·    Special Report




Is the Fragile States Index (FSI) helpful in finding context-sensitive solutions to addressing instability and conflict? Or does it lend too readily to unhelpful generalising in place of more tailored, nuanced approaches to promoting sustainable security? Can a poor ranking lead to reprioritising, legislative change, or policy adjustments in a given country? Can or should the FSI be re-engineered?

As is to be expected, debate in various circles surrounding the FSI continues to be vibrant and vigorous. This compendium of contributions offers timely and unique engagements with conceptual and empirical issues concerning the Fragile States Index 2016 as it relates to complex political, economic, and social dynamics in South Asia and beyond.

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