We believe that international threats emanate from failed states. The American government, major foreign powers, and prominent international organizations agree that many states’ weakness, not only a few states’ strength, pose pressing international security problems. Traditional threats generated by governments and their militaries persist, but non-traditional threats - those generated by non-state actors and disproportionately affecting civilians - are believed to have proliferated alongside recent globalization and the faltering of sovereignty. In this talk, I ask, “First, is this true? And further, why do so many people, in so many parts of the world, think that it is?”
Bridget L. Coggins is a Visiting Scholar at the Center for Strategic Studies at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy 2019-2020 and Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her work examines the intersection of domestic conflict and international relations. In her new book, Anarchy Emergent: Political Collapse and Non-Traditional Threat in the Shadow of Hierarchy, she examines the international security consequences of state collapse. Coggins’ first book, Power Politics and State Formation in the 20th Century: The Dynamics of Recognition (Cambridge 2014), explored the pivotal international politics of diplomatic recognition in secessionist conflicts. Professor Coggins is also engaged in US foreign policy toward Northeast Asia, especially China and North Korea. In 2013-2014, Coggins was an International Affairs Fellow with the Council on Foreign Relations in South Korea and is now an Adjunct Fellow with the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Korea Chair in Washington, D.C.. She is a member of the National Committee on US-China Relations and the National Committee on North Korea.