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Tim Sisk
Professor of International and Comparative Politics at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver; Director of the Center for Sustainable Development and International Peace (SDIP), a research and policy institute at the Josef Korbel School. Sisk serves as an Associate Fellow of the Geneva Centre for Security Policy in Geneva, Switzerland.

 

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Summary

Tim Sisk of the University of Denver unpacks the emerging emphasis upon fragile states in the realm of global governance. In particular, Sisk explores the complex nexus between security and development, pointing to a number of opportunities and challenges associated with conflict-impacted states. Drawing upon recent scholarship, Sisk discusses the difficult task of addressing the roots of fragility, observing that contemporary discourse amongst theorists and practitioners has increasingly gained a long-term focus. Notably, Sisk points to the need for intermediate security institutions – a continuation of capacity building beyond initial engagements. Yet, a number of obstacles remain in attempting to reconcile conditions of fragility. One must consider insider-outsider dynamics, short-term versus long-term project ownership, conditions of inclusion and exclusion, and potential for representative capacity within fragile states and their diverse sub-units of governance. As relatively unknown terrain, pathways from fragility invite further scholarship, especially in cases marked by long-standing societal divisiveness.

Works by Tim Sisk

Tim Sisk, International Mediation in Civil War: Bargaining with Bullets. London: Routledge, 2009.

Tim Sisk and Judith Large, Democracy, Conflict, and Human Security: Pursuing Peace in the 21st Century. Stockholm: International IDEA (Institute for Democracy and Election Assistance), 2006.

Tim Sisk and Roland Paris, The Dilemmas of Statebuilding: Confronting the Contradictions of Postwar Peace Operations, London: Routledge, 2009.

Tim Sisk and Anna Jarstad, From War to Democracy: Dilemmas of Peacebuilding, Cambridge University Press, 2008.

Tim Sisk, “Power Sharing and International Mediation in Ethnic Conflicts,” United States Institute of Peace and the Carnegie Commission on Preventing Deadly Conflict.  United States  Institute of Peace Press, 1996.  Revised 2010.

Other Works

David Carment, Stewart Prest, and Yiagadeesen Samy, Security, Development and the Fragile State: Bridging the Gap between Theory and Policy, Routledge, 2009.

Ashraf Ghani and Clare Lockhart, Fixing Failed States, London, Oxford University Press, 2008.

Thomas G. Weiss, Ramesh Chandra Thakur, and John Gerard Ruggie, Global Governance and the UN: An Unfinished Journey, Indiana University Press, 2010.

Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, “Conflict and Fragility Preventing Violence, War, and State Collapse: The Future of Conflict Early Warning and Response,” OECD Publishing, 2009.

David Chandler, International Statebuilding: The Rise of Post-Liberal Governance, Routledge Publishing, 2010.

Tim Sisk
Professor of International and Comparative Politics at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver; Director of the Center for Sustainable Development and International Peace (SDIP), a research and policy institute at the Josef Korbel School. Sisk serves as an Associate Fellow of the Geneva Centre for Security Policy in Geneva, Switzerland.

Recorded on December 2010