Avoiding Praetorian Societies: Focusing U.S. Strategy on Political Development

  • March 01, 2014
  • Lieutenant Colonel Bruce K Ferrell

It is clear that fragile nation-states will continue to be a major contributor to instability in the international strategic environment. The United States, its allies and partners have attempted to mitigate the negative effects of fragile states through a variety of approaches, including military stability and reconstruction (S&R) operations such as those undertaken in Iraq and Afghanistan. America’s success rate at conducting S&R operations, however, is mixed.