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By James F. Miskel

ISBN-10: 0813030234

ISBN-13: 9780813030234

A Fevered Crescent succinctly defines the overseas defense concerns at stake within the international locations of the better close to East, arguing that significant stumbling blocks to balance during this area may possibly effect the us. targeting the parts of Asia and Africa, the authors’ basic issues are advanced, interdependent factors—demographic switch (especially swift urbanization), clash, and source depletion—that are redrawing the worldwide safety map from Africa to the Indonesian archipelago. Miskel and Liotta additionally define the stressful emergence of mega-urban parts that in simple terms exist simply because they're propped up by means of foreign help and “pockets of darkness” in distant components the place terrorists and legal corporations flourish.
            providing feedback for bettering stipulations in those constructing international locations, the publication in particular recommends a brand new overseas “covenant” that might mobilize and marshal efforts to raised govern towns and forestall distant components from being conquer by means of destabilizing forces. The authors argue that adjustments can't be made unilaterally or in a hegemonic demeanour; they need to come from the mixed efforts of not just overseas governments, but additionally nongovernmental businesses and civilian grassroots companies in each one nation.

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Nigeria’s national and municipal governmental structures have consistently proven unable to deliver public services or to ensure public safety to the current urban population. The United States Agency for International Development’s 2002 profile of cities in Nigeria indicated that Lagos and other large cities within the country are “very dangerous,” particularly at night. Obviously, rampant high rates of crime are indicative of inadequate public safety services. 3 In 2002 this translated to more than 9 million Nigerians without reliable water and more than 7 million without sewage control.

They do, but our intent is only to point out that in a curious way, insurgencies benefit from being simultaneously far from the central government and close to international organizations and international media. Terrorist organizations, particularly ideologically driven groups with real or potential sympathizers in other countries, obviously understand the value of this “far-close” proposition. If the al-Qaeda leadership is, as is widely suspected, located in the outback of the Afghanistan-Pakistan border, it is far enough from Kabul and Islamabad and close enough to Al Jazeera and other media outlets.

Despite its Pockets of Darkness 21 unsavory reputation, Ciudad del Este has the second largest population of any city in Paraguay. With a population of 200,000, Ciudad del Este is not, strictly speaking, rural, nor is it without modern industries. The city hosts more than 50 banks, which testifies more to the volume of money laundering and the sheltering of illicit gains than to the value of the city’s legitimate commerce or the financial acumen of its citizens. Ciudad del Este is the hub of a rural area that is remote from the urban centers of Brazil and Argentina, and the border controls in the area for all three states have traditionally been lax.

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