WikiFailed States

By now, you’ve read the WikiLeaked headlines, illuminating the inner workings of U.S. policy in Iraq and Afghanistan, or detailing the intractable regimes in Iran and North Korea. But what does Cablegate have to say about the world’s forgotten messes — the dimmer outposts of U.S. influence where Washington arguably has even bigger messes to ...

By , International Crisis Group’s senior analyst for Colombia.
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ASHRAF SHAZLY/AFP/Getty Images

By now, you've read the WikiLeaked headlines, illuminating the inner workings of U.S. policy in Iraq and Afghanistan, or detailing the intractable regimes in Iran and North Korea. But what does Cablegate have to say about the world's forgotten messes -- the dimmer outposts of U.S. influence where Washington arguably has even bigger messes to confront? FP's gone through the archives with an eye to our 2010 Failed States issue to see what light the cables shed on these benighted places -- and whether the cables themselves may disrupt the often delicate balancing act of diplomacy. Read on here to see what we found …

By now, you’ve read the WikiLeaked headlines, illuminating the inner workings of U.S. policy in Iraq and Afghanistan, or detailing the intractable regimes in Iran and North Korea. But what does Cablegate have to say about the world’s forgotten messes — the dimmer outposts of U.S. influence where Washington arguably has even bigger messes to confront? FP’s gone through the archives with an eye to our 2010 Failed States issue to see what light the cables shed on these benighted places — and whether the cables themselves may disrupt the often delicate balancing act of diplomacy. Read on here to see what we found …

Elizabeth Dickinson is International Crisis Group’s senior analyst for Colombia.

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