What is state failure? See my conceptualisation of state failure on the right flank below.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Just asking...

You know, this blog is about Afghanistan most of the time. But I am asking this in general, and interpret this in the Afghanistan context at your own peril.
If there is an illicit revenue source that will not cease to exist for the foreseeable future, and it can be controlled:
A) by your enemies;
B) neutrals ready to pay off both enemies and friendlies;
C) a mixture of your enemies and neutrals who are ready to pay off both enemies and friendlies;
D) a mixture of your enemies and friendlies and neutrals who are ready to pay off both enemies and friendlies;
E) a mixture of neutrals who are ready to pay off both enemies and friendlies;
F) by friendlies;
which option would you prefer?
And under what actual conditions would your a priori choice be the preferred option?
And so would you actively want to work with friendlies to gain control of this revenue source?

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