Preventing Fragility: What Has Gone Wrong?

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Nador u. 9, Monument Building
Monday, March 10, 2014 - 1:30pm
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Monday, March 10, 2014 - 1:30pm

Presentation at the Center for Conflict, Negotiation and Recovery,
Central European University

Monday, March 10, 2014, 1:30 p.m.

Gellner room, Nador street 9

Preventing Fragility: What Has Gone Wrong?

Two crises – the Central African Republic and South Sudan – have highlighted new weakness and deficiencies in efforts to prevent state collapse or the reoccurrence of fragility. National processes either lack legitimacy or have little reach beyond their capitals. Regional and international actors, through their various stabilisation and peacebuilding initiatives have not found viable formulas to prevent conflicts. Whether this is because they haven’t invested sufficient political capital in doing so or because viable formulas are simply very elusive is unclear. Successful transitions from crisis to stability do exist but they remain few, and improving governance and ensuring new leaders don’t entrench themselves in power remain challenges. The collapse of the Central African Republic, the struggle to build a new functioning South Sudan state and the challenge of rebuilding a state without a stable peace in Mali are indicative of the shortcomings in the conflict prevention framework. What has gone wrong? Is it just extremely difficult or are we building policy on the wrong foundations?

Comfort Ero

Comfort Ero is currently Africa Director of the International Crisis Group. Prior to that she was Deputy Director: Africa and Director of the Cape Town Office of the International Centre for Transitional Justice. Previously she was Policy Advisor to the Special Representative of the Secretary General and Political Affairs Officer of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL). She was also Project Director at the West Africa office of the International Crisis Group. In London in the 1990s she conducted research at King's College, at the International Institute for Strategic Studies and at the United Nations Association-UK. She holds a Ph.D. in International Relations from the London School of Economics, University of London.