Fragile States Explained

Fragile states and conflict-affected situations and societies often face multiple challenges simultaneously, including: 

  • political violence;
  • autocratic rule;
  • criminality and corruption;
  • population movement;
  • widespread human deprivation including human rights abuses; and
  • vulnerability to external shocks and natural disasters.

In such complex environments, stabilization efforts may involve supplying external joint military and civilian expertise in support of the host country, to perform some or all of the following tasks:

  • Manage or reduce violence through stabilization operations;
  • Protect civilians and key security sector and rule of law institutions;
  • Facilitate political dialogue;
  • Promote political processes; and
  • Rebuild trust between the state and citizens, and amongst communities.