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STATE WEAKNESS IN REGIONAL AND COMPARATIVE PERSPECTIVE:

THE EASTERN EUROPEAN BORDERLAND

Prof. Tetyana Malyarenko, Prof. Stefan Wolff

The proposed project is aimed at a through analysis of the conceptual and empirical links between dynamically related phenomena of state weakness/failure and regional security as it is applied to the Eastern European borderland – Ukraine, Moldova and Belarus.

The Eastern European borderland has been considered as a region that consists of weak or failing states. Each of these states is "unhappy in its own way”. Divided Ukraine is inherently weak state because of its geographic and fundamental economic constraints. Moldova is fragmented state. Belarus is a special category of weak state - the seemingly strong one, but an autocracy, which rigidly controls dissent; it is secure but at the same time provides very few political goods (Rotberg).

Against the background of the above developments, this research project seeks to investigate dynamic process of state weakness (state weakness can be arrested or reversed, it does not automatically lead to state failure), domestic and regional factors, determining peculiarities of state weakness in Ukraine, Moldova and Belarus; and considers the nature and role of state and non-state actors, e.g. transnational criminal networks, structural configurations between them, as well as strategic interests of outside powers that may bolster the capacity of individual states to cope with threats and risks of failure. A better understanding of the regional dynamics of state weakness (e.g. how actors and the structures of their interaction, contribute to the likelihood of weakness or failure in a particular state) will contribute to more effective intervention strategy.