The recognition in recent years by Western governments that peace and international development are beneficial and interconnected has led to a trend of “whole of government” solutions to problems in fragile states. These solutions involve strategic cooperation among government agencies to address security, government, and development problems in the most effective way possible. Looking at the approaches of seven developed nations, Patrick and Brown’s new book analyzes and evaluates attempts at policy coherence thus far.
“The quest for coherence remains, to say the least, a work in progress,” said Patrick of the book’s general findings. Coordinated strategies are still the exception, not the rule, and even when they are implemented, hurdles still remain in coordinating purpose, action, and funding across military and civilian areas of government. The
Date: July 11, 2007
Approximate Number of Attendees: 50
Intern Attending: Mike Heslin