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State Building and State Failure in a Fixed-Borders World: Lebanon, Congo, and Israel

State Building and State Failure in a Fixed-Borders World: Lebanon, Congo, and Israel

Chapter:
(p.118) Chapter 5 State Building and State Failure in a Fixed-Borders World: Lebanon, Congo, and Israel
Source:
Good Fences, Bad Neighbors
Author(s):
Boaz Atzili
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226031378.003.0006

This chapter discusses the effect of the norm of border fixity on weak states by examining the cases of Lebanon, Congo, and Israel. First, it explores the sociopolitical strength and weakness of Lebanon. Next, it discusses the absence of territorial pressures and its effect on state building and political development. The chapter then explores the case of Congo as a second example of a weak state in a fixed-borders world. Finally, the chapter examines state building in Israel and the role of the Israeli military in this process.

Keywords:   border fixity, weak states, Lebanon, Congo, Israel, sociopolitical strength, territorial pressures, Israeli military

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