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Failed states and threats of war pulling world to precipice

In recent years two phenomena have come to dominate the international scene. One is the appearance of what have been given the name “failed states.”

We know that in recent years there has been a fundamental reorganizing of the Westphalian world of sovereign countries that had dominated since the end of the Thirty Years War in 1648. The structure that emerged from that conflict was one of great, medium or small powers and a hierarchy placing them in groups following dominant or “paramount” powers, sub-paramount powers, client-states and neutrals.  

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