Connecting Security and Development: Towards a Transatlantic Strategy in Fragile States
Extreme poverty is one of the most pressing global challenges of our time. While newly minted middle-income countries such as Brazil, China, and India show that substantially reducing extreme poverty is feasible, other countries – known under the fuzzy label of fragile states – continue to grapple with entrenched poverty. These countries are marred by violent conflict or precarious recovery; they face ongoing humanitarian crises or unstable governments; some deal with all these troubles at the same time. Many have made zero progress towards achieving even one of the Millennium Development Goals. Think Afghanistan, Haiti, Iraq, Mali, Somalia, or Yemen – these countries require strong and smart support from the international community to break the vicious cycle of poverty, fragility, and conflict.