By M. Glasius
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On the positive side, women are also often the civil society actors most likely to get organized, either against the violence or simply to get certain basic services running again. In development, it is now commonly accepted that policies targeting women are a good idea not just because women are a marginalized and victimized group but also because they are likely to be effective agents of change. At the same time it has become commonly accepted that they cannot be considered in isolation; the roles of both men and women in particular situations should be considered.
These judicial and military assessments have important consequences for the means and methods of exercising the state monopoly of violence. Criminal acts are most effectively countered by the police and the judiciary, while the military can play a supportive role at best. Another consequence of September 11 is the interest in countries that had not received much attention previously or had been forgotten. So-called ‘basket cases’, like Afghanistan and Somalia, are now of interest to the international community.
The concept of the ‘failed’ or ‘collapsed’ state or the ‘erosion’ of the state presupposes the existence of state structures. But nation-state structures in some regions have been weak or non-existent for centuries. The Western concepts of nation-building, democratization, and provision of the public goods of ‘security’ and ‘welfare’, are often lacking in crisis-prone societies (Hippler 2003). The process of nation-building is seen as a short-cut to overcoming violent structures. Experience shows that such short-cuts usually fail and that the emphasis on nation-building is too narrow and overlooks cultural and societal structures.
A Human Security Doctrine for Europe: Project, Principles, Practicalities (Routledge Advances in International Relations and Global Politics) by M. Glasius