This issue of id21 insights explores different dimensions of state fragility, sources of political legitimacy and strategic considerations for the donor community. How can interventions in fragile states contribute effectively to securing peace and development? Among the topics discussed in brief articles are: Risking civil war by promoting democracy; Bridging security and development; Good intentions do not prevent conflict; Making justice sector reform work; Rebuilding the revenue base for sustainable peace; Beyond anarchy in Somaliland and Afghanistan?; and Horizontal inequalities in Indonesia.
id21 insights 66, IDS, University of Sussex, Brighton, UK, 8 pp.