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This normative blinder may be preventing international actors from understanding and supporting the informal systems that provide the people living in failed states with a modicum of security and predictability. Clearly a better and more thorough understanding of the local context is needed, if the international community is to succeed in its efforts to address state failure. More work is needed—both conceptually and empirically—to bridge the aspirations of external actors with the realities on the ground.

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