1 The term ‘failing State’ generally refers to the collapse and dissolution of States. It has entered international legal jargon only recently, despite the fact that in many States, governments have not been able to discharge their tasks in a satisfactory manner for decades. Yet such States are generally not deemed to have failed unless their internal chaos starts to affect the international community: only if the State ceases to exist as a participant in international affairs will it be referred to as a failing State. Overall, such failure is still rare, but...
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