The expansion of the modern state at a global level started with the Peace of Westphalia and is still being consolidated. While states encompass the entire territory of the Globe, the way they work varies substantially across space and time.
A subset of statehood experiences is related to the emergence and functioning of post-colonial African states. The decolonization process has brought a fundamental change in international law, in particular relating to how states are established and how sovereignty is recognized. States may be considered legally sovereign while de facto they may not have the capacity to respect all sovereignty principles.
Can such states deliver on the peace and development expectations of their population? How can the political will of their leaders be better understood and held accountable? How can citizens, and their own way of being, become the basis of the political institutions and processes that embody their states?
Team: Stefan Cibian
Departments: The International Center for Global Affairs and Postdevelopment (IC-GAP), Research Department
Themes: International Development, Sustainable Development Goals, Comunism si Communism and Totalitarianism, Democracy and Democratization