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failed state

Syllabification: failed state

Definition of failed state in English:

noun

A state whose political or economic system has become so weak that the government is no longer in control: if we turn our back on the developing world we will see more failed states
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  • So money spent to stabilize and prevent the breakdown of failed states is actually a good investment for Britain.
  • Unfortunately, too many politicians and citizens wrongly believe that a new framework for fixing failed states must necessarily be expensive.
  • Superimpose on that kind of situation an already fragile political state, and you have a recipe for failed states and civil war.

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