This issue of id21 insights - a collection of articles summarising recent research on fragile states - asks how can interventions in fragile states (Afghanistan, Somalia, Indonesia and others) contribute effectively to securing peace and development?
James Putzel, Director of the Crisis States Research Centre at the LSE, argues that as international donor agencies and NGOs attempt to intervene in fragile states, they need to reject simplistic solutions and design appropriate policies that fit local realities.
Fragile states are also seen as potential sites of terrorist activity — as in Afghanistan under Taliban rule where the self-proclaimed perpetrators of the attack against the World Trade Centre on 11th September 2001 found refuge and a base for their activities.
Yet many fragile states have managed to avoid political violence and state collapse. In Tanzania or Zambia, for instance, despite deeply rooted poverty and repeated economic crises, political authority has remained intact and conflict has largely been managed peacefully.
This issue of id21 insights explores different dimensions of state fragility, sources of political legitimacy and strategic considerations for the donor community.
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The Fraunhofer IWS Dresden and Technische Universität Dresden inaugurated their jointly operated Center for Additive Manufacturing Dresden (AMCD) with a festive ceremony on February 7, 2017. Scientists from various disciplines perform research on materials, additive manufacturing processes and innovative technologies, which build up components in a layer by layer process. This technology opens up new horizons for component design and combinations of functions. For example during fabrication, electrical conductors and sensors are already able to be additively manufactured into components. They provide information about stress conditions of a product during operation.
The 3D-printing technology, or additive manufacturing as it is often called, has long made the step out of scientific research laboratories into industrial...
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Nanometer-scale magnetic perforated grids could create new possibilities for computing. Together with international colleagues, scientists from the Helmholtz Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR) have shown how a cobalt grid can be reliably programmed at room temperature. In addition they discovered that for every hole ("antidot") three magnetic states can be configured. The results have been published in the journal "Scientific Reports".
Physicist Dr. Rantej Bali from the HZDR, together with scientists from Singapore and Australia, designed a special grid structure in a thin layer of cobalt in...
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