16 Mar 2015
Fundación para las Relaciones Internacionales y el Dialogo Exterior (FRIDE); Author: Clare Castillejo
Addressing the challenge of fragile states should be a central priority for European policy-makers. It is clear that fragile and conflict-affected states (FCAS) can threaten Europe’s own security and prosperity. Moreover, the global goods that the EU seeks to promote cannot be achieved while a significant proportion of the world’s states remain weak, conflict prone and unable to effectively manage their own affairs or participate in collective multilateral action. Finally, the EU’s own norms and policies commit it to assisting those populations most severely affected by poverty, conflict, and human rights violations, many of whom live in FCAS.