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Crippling Leviathan: How Foreign Subversion Weakens the State

Melissa M. Lee


Policymakers worry that “ungoverned spaces” pose dangers to security and development. Why do such spaces exist beyond the authority of the state? Earlier scholarship—which addressed this question with a list of domestic failures—overlooked the crucial role that international politics play. This book argues that foreign subversion undermines state authority and promotes ungoverned space. Enemy governments empower insurgents to destabilize the state and create ungoverned territory. This kind of foreign subversion is a powerful instrument of modern statecraft. But though subversion is less visibl ... More

Keywords: ungoverned space, international politics, state authority, foreign subversion, modern statecraft, statebuilding, state development

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781501748363
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: September 2020 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501748363.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Melissa M. Lee, author
Princeton University