The Colombia Cast

12.18.19

In Colombia, the state is weak and society is weak; there's a perverse balance

El coautor del libro influyente: Por qué fracasan los países, el economista y politólogo británico James Robinson nos habla sobre qué está pasando en Colombia actualmente y de qué podría pasar en los próximos años. Mientras él tiene dudas acerca de convertirse en un optimista sobre Colombia, dice que las recientes protestas han mostrado algunas importantes diferencias en comparación con manifestaciones anteriores. También el profesor nos explica que hay mérito a la economía naranja del presidente Iván Duque. Para él, esta podría ser una manera para intentar algo diferente en el país. Hablando de la alcaldesa electa de Bogotá, Claudia López, dice que ella tiene que hacer más que centrarse solo en la lucha contra la corrupción.

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Foreign Policy

12.18.19

India’s Militant Pipeline

Paul Staniland, an associate professor of political science at the University of Chicago and author of Networks of Rebellion: Explaining Insurgent Cohesion and Collapse, told me in October that the current situation has a potential for mass protest, though no one knows how long it may take to be triggered or in what ways it could manifest.

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Eurasia Review

12.15.19

Pathologies Of Centralized State-Building

This article challenges the underlying assumptions to that approach, arguing that centralization actually undermines efforts to stabilize and rebuild fragile states. It describes several risks centralization poses for effective state-building. For example, many highly centralized governments prey on their own citizens and are therefore prone to civil unrest, conflict, and collapse. Most of the countries that have experienced prolonged civil conflict over the past several decades—including Afghanistan, Libya, Myanmar, Somalia, Syria, and Yemen—had extremely centralized governments prior to the outbreak of conflict. As Roger Myerson points out, centralization may also alienate local elites, resulting in a return to conflict and violence in states subjected to foreign state-building. Another risk is that centralization undermines the quality of public administration by making it largely unresponsive to local demands.

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Western Wall

Harris Public Policy students visited the Western Wall in Jerusalem as part of the 2019 Pearson International Conflict Seminar to Israel and the West Bank.

Ramin Kohanteb / The Pearson Institute