Post-Conflict Reconstruction: From Extremism to Peaceful Co-Existence is a comprehensive presentation on the root causes of state fragility, which provides an enabling environment for violent religious extremism. It addresses various security, political, socio-economic and external factors that contribute to state fragility, which is further enhanced in a conflict environment. The book deals closely with the use of violence due to ideological, religious and political reasons. By analyzing the situations in the post-conflict states of Afghanistan, Iraq, Yemen, Pakistan, Nigeria and Libya, the book establishes the co-relationship between state fragility and religious extremism in post-conflict settings. The book emphasizes the need to address the grievances of marginalized sections in all countries with fragile state structures that usually take to violence to make their voices heard. It also highlights the imperative for swift rehabilitation of poor people—who typically bear the brunt of conflicts and are often displaced forcefully—for restoring peace and security, and averting future disturbance.
Post-conflict Reconstruction, State Fragility and Extremism: Connecting the Missing Dots
In the past two decades, fragile states have taken a centre stage in the backdrop of policy debates on development and nation building. In the same period, the world has witnessed considerable improvement in the living standards due to persistent efforts by the USA and its European allies in conjunction with international development partners to stabilize the fragile states so that they could take care of their security, political stability and socio-economic well-being. However, the improvement is confined to limited areas in both thematic and geographic contexts. The problem of fragility is a greater cause of concern [Page 21]since most of these states are either ...