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Published on Jul 16, 2013
Ashraf Ghani and Clare Lockhart talked about their book Fixing Failed States: A Framework for Rebuilding a Fractured World (Oxford University Press, May 2, 2008). In their book they look at why past efforts to fix failed states have not worked and argue for a strategy that involves the international community. They argues for creating a comprehensive aid system rather than a piecemeal one; instituting a double compact between the international community and the government and the government and its people; and establishing a strong national accountability system. Both authors played a role as United Nations advisers in rebuilding the government in Afghanistan following the overthrow of the Taliban. Ashraf Ghani served as finance minister in Afghanistan following the overthrow of the Taliban government. Clare Lockhart worked for the World Bank and United Nations. The authors responded to questions from members of the audience. Mr. Freston moderated the event, which was held in the Asia Society Museum in New York City.