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Seth Kaplan

Seth D. Kaplan is a professorial lecturer in the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University, senior adviser for the Institute for Integrated Transitions, and consultant to organisations working on governance, statebuilding and poverty reduction. He is the author of two books on fragile states, Fixing Fragile States: A New Paradigm for Development and Betrayed: Promoting Inclusive Development in Fragile States, the lead author of the Inclusive Transitions Framework for fragile states, and runs the website <http://www.fragilestates.org/>. He lived in China for seven years and speaks Mandarin Chinese.

Research areas:  Asia , Peace processes and mediation , Global trends

Publications

Fixing fragile states: a country-based framework
MONUSCO Conducts Joint Operation with Congolese Forces in Beni by UN Photo_with CC licence from Flickr BY-NC-ND 2.0 https://www.flickr.com/photos/un_photo/13313977255/ Seth Kaplan 9 November 2015
The new Country Fragility Assessment Framework, which systematically examines the societal and institutional sources of fragility, can help decision-makers make more precise diagnoses and better target interventions. more  
Establishing inclusive societies in fragile states
Pavement life in Sana'a by Charles Roffey with CC licence from Flickr https://www.flickr.com/photos/charlesfred/41461392/in/photolist-4Ev2A-6zH5GY-5VBLPQ-6zCWH6-4pVnbS-7z6yhR-9N5MGy-5ULAMf-6zD3mt-8unzD-6zGXoQ-6zD7SV-8m7AYu-61jcRd-d7EuM-x4Fe7-x4Fjr-7z6yqi-7zajWy-cTtZc-GFdVQ-4EunH-e7ft3-aLgEcv-d3CUt-5W11US-HdBPn-86ondX-xfD8r-GFdTQ-3br16Y-xfDeM-HdBg8-e7eNV-HdyfN-GyTzA-xfDBZ-x4F98-HUFcW-xfDe2-Hdmsw-4Evo4-HdBsT-aLgTwt-xfDgE-Hdxj3-x4E4u-3br281-e7ffA-6zH6pw Seth Kaplan 28 April 2015
Establishing an inclusive society requires action on many fronts at once. Overcoming the divisions that encourage conflict and exclusion and hold back development is possible only if leaders – politicians, businesspeople, officials and heads of civil society – consistently act inclusively. more  
Social covenants and social contracts in transitions
Tunisian protest by Nasser Nouri, adapted under CC license http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/ from Flickr Seth Kaplan 11 February 2014
Structurally fragile states are plagued by deeply entrenched sociopolitical and institutional problems. They harbour uniquely formidable obstacles to stability, development and democracy. Too often, international efforts to aid transitions in these places fail because they emphasise the importance of the vertical  state–soc... more  
Power and politics in Pakistan
Pakistan First [ Explored ] by Kash_if with cc licence from Flickr Seth Kaplan 8 April 2013
Governance deficiencies have long vexed Pakistan, yet momentum for reform has not materialised, because elites maintain stability by limiting access to and control of valuable resources (such as land and capital) and valuable activities (such as contract enforcement). As a result Pakistan can best be understood as a “limited access ord... more  

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