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States at Regional Risk Project: SARR

In early 2008, the Carnegie Corporation of New York awarded Emory University major funding to develop a comprehensive program regarding the global issue “States at Regional Risk" (SARR).

The project brings together scholars, policy makers, practitioners, and students with the aim of increasing practical understanding concerning the reduction of state risk and the increase of effective public governance and services in five key world regions:

West Africa

Central-East Africa

Northern Andean countries of Latin America

Inner Asia

The Himalayas

The underlying premise of SARR is that in each of these world regions under consideration, different dynamics shape the types and degrees of state fragility, the relation between weaker and stronger states, the impact of regional and international influence, and prospects for security and peace. Therefore, the project emphasizes place-based knowledge in relation to regional and comparative dynamics, and foregrounds critical questions such as “How do international interventions and national responses ameliorate or reinforce state fragility?”

Bruce M. Knauft, Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Anthropology, is program director for the project.