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Tuesday, 27 June 2006 08:02

Need to Redefine What Constitutes a "Failed State" 


PEJ News - Joan Russow - It is important to determine what constitutes a failed state. At a meeting in October 2005, in Ottawa, on the implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 " for the increased participation of women in the prevention of conflict", the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs kept referring with derision to the ?failed states? and to the terrible burden upon Canada to "assist" the failed states. But what really constitutes a failed state.

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Need to Redefine ?What Constitutes a Failed State?

It is important to determine what constitutes a failed state. At a meeting in October 2005, in Ottawa, on the implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 " for the increased participation of women in the prevention of conflict", the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs kept referring with derision to the ?failed states?. It was pointed out that in comparing the Cuban and American response to hurricanes, one would justifiably question which state is the failed state.

Perhaps a ?failed state? could be defined as a state (i) that contributes to global insecurity and destabilization around the world;(ii) that spends a disproportionate amount of resources on the military; (iii) that has military bases around the world; (iv) that has a policy of preemptive aggression against sovereign states; (v) that allows privatization of public services; (vi)that fails to have universal publicly funded health care; (vii) that destroys the environment for the sake of profit; (viii) that relies on the overconsumptive model of development; (ix) that undermines equitable distribution of resources; (x) that denies the right to food and the right to housing; (xi) that fails to revoke charters of transnational corporations for violation of human rights, for destruction of the environment, for contribution to war and conflict and for denial of social justice; (xii) that discriminates against its citizens on the ground of political and other opinion, and on the grounds of social condition and race; (xiii) that engages in unilateralism; (xiv) that demonstrates disregard for the rule of international law and the International Court of justice, (xv) that decries the production of weapons of mass destruction while continuing to amass WMD itself, (xvi) that disregards Geneva conventions, and the convention against Torture including "rendition", (xvii) that fosters prostelitization around the world, and is deluded into believe that it is acting out the will of God: or (viii) or that obsequiously follows another failed state.

A failed state is also one that promotes "human security" and "responsibility to protect" both notions that attempt to justified increased militarism, and increased military intervention in sovereign states in the name of so-called "humanitarian intervention" . True security is "common security" which was first proposed by Olaf Palme

Common security was a concept initiated by Olaf Palme, a former president of Sweden, and has been extended to embody the following objectives:
- to achieve a state of peace, and disarmament; through reallocation of military expenses
- to create a global structure that respects the rule of law and the International Court of Justice;
- to enable socially equitable and environmentally sound employment, and ensure the right to development and social justice;
- to promote and fully guarantee respect for human rights including labour rights, civil and political rights, social and cultural rights- right to food, right to housing, right to safe drinking water and sewage, right to education and right to universally accessible not for profit health care system ,
- to ensure the preservation and protection of the environment, the respect for the inherent worth of nature beyond human purpose, the reduction of the ecological footprint and move away from the current model of unsustainable and overconsumptive development.

To further Common security, the member states of the United Nations have incurred obligations through conventions, treaties and covenants, and made commitments through Conference Action plans, and created expectations through UN General Assembly resolutions, and declarations member states of the United Nations have incurred obligations, made commitments and created expectations

Joan Russow (PhD)
Global Compliance research Project
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