State Failure and Regional Containment: The Case of Central Asia and Afghanistan

Thursday, April 29, 2010
1219 International Affairs Building

Please join the Harriman Institute for a talk by George Gavrilis, University of Texas at Austin.

Why do some states assist a failed state in their midst while others undermine it? This talk explores the strategic role that states play towards the recovery of a failed neighbor. The talk is based on the author’s recent work in the field in Central Asia and with international organizations. It will focus on the case of Afghanistan as a way to explore broader hypotheses on state failure and regional containment.

George Gavrilis is assistant professor of international relations in the Department of Government at the University of Texas at Austin. He is author of The Dynamics of Interstate Boundaries (Cambridge University Press, 2008). His areas of research include domestic and international institutions, conflict, borders, security, and state failure. His regions of expertise include the Middle East, Central Asia, Afghanistan and the Balkans where he has conducted field research. Recently he held an appointment as an International

Affairs Fellow with the Council on Foreign Relations. He is currently engaged with two new research projects: one studies state failure and regional containment; another explains the behavior of Turkey’s judicial system.

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