Ungoverned Territories: Understanding and Reducing Terrorism Risks

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Ungoverned territories-failed or failing states or ungoverned areas within otherwise viable states-generate a myriad of security problems and often become terrorist sanctuaries. Using a two-tiered framework applied to eight cases from around the globe, the authors illustrate the conditions that give rise to ungoverned territories, contributing to our understanding of what makes some ungoverned territories more conducive to a terrorist or insurgent presence than others. On the basis of this ground-breaking work, the authors identify three types of ungoverned territories and their effects on U.S. security interests, while presenting strategies designed to improve our ability to mitigate these effects.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780833041524
  • Publisher: Rand Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/25/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 7.05 (w) x 10.07 (h) x 0.99 (d)

Table of Contents



Ch. 1 Understanding Lack of Governance Angel Rabasa Rabasa, Angel John E. Peters Peters, John E. 1

Ch. 2 Dimensions of Ungovernability Angel Rabasa Rabasa, Angel John E. Peters Peters, John E. 7

Ch. 3 Dimensions of Conduciveness Angel Rabasa Rabasa, Angel John E. Peters Peters, John E. 15

Ch. 4 Comparative Analysis of Case Studies Angel Rabasa Rabasa, Angel John E. Peters Peters, John E. 23

Ch. 5 Conclusions and Recommendations John E. Peters Peters, John E. Jennifer Moroney Moroney, Jennifer 33

Ch. 6 Case Study: The Pakistani-Afghan Border Region Peter Chalk Chalk, Peter 49

Ch. 7 Case Study: The Arabian Peninsula Theodore Karasik Karasik, Theodore Kim Cragin Cragin, Kim 77

Ch. 8 Case Study: The Sulawesi-Mindanao Arc Angel Rabasa Rabasa, Angel 111

Ch. 9 Case Study: The East Africa Corridor Peter Chalk Chalk, Peter 147

Ch. 10 Case Study: West Africa Kevin A. O'Brien O'Brien, Kevin A. Theodore Karasik Karasik, Theodore 173

Ch. 11 Case Study: The North Caucasus Jennifer Moroney Moroney, Jennifer Theodore Karasik Karasik, Theodore 207

Ch. 12 Case Study: The Colombia-Venezuela Border Steven Boraz Boraz, Steven 243

Ch. 13 Case Study: The Guatemala-Chiapas Border Steven Boraz Boraz, Steven 277

App Assessment of Ungovernability and Conduciveness Values for Ungoverned Territories 307

Bibliography 317

Index 353

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