• Hatidža Beriša University of Defence, Belgrade
  • Katarina Jonev Ćiraković PhD candidate
  • Aleksandar Ćiraković Faculty of Political Sciences, University of Belgrade


security, Cold war, international, community, great powers, failed states


Purpose: The paper starts with the genesis of the emergence of failed states in the period after the Cold War, which resulted in their weakening and transformation. One of the biggest challenges for the state is the threat of sovereignty as its most faithful guardian since the Treaty of Westphalia in 1648. Sovereignty will no longer be an inviolable guarantee for states, especially smaller and weaker ones, to rule over their territory and population. Namely, great powers and alliances will very often violate the principle of non-intervention from the UN Charter through unilateral military interventions against sovereign states, while the academic circles that support this will seek justification through an alternative to national sovereignty. In light of these changes, a new categorization of states will appear, where their strength is determined according to qualitative characteristics and not according to traditional quantitative ones (by size, population, military power, and GDP).

Design/Methods/Approach: Basic and general scientific methods will be used in the paper for the purposes of conducting research. Of the basic scientific methods, analysis, induction, and generalization will be used the most. The upcoming research will be based on the basic principles and postulates of the axiological theoretical-methodological direction in the methodology of the social sciences.

Findings: The aim of the paper is to shed light on the causes of the emergence of failed states after the Cold War, as well as to look at the relationship of the international community towards failed states.

Originality/Value: Through the importance of the work, it will be seen how much the international community embodied in the United Nations Organization, major powers, and regional organizations has the capabilities, mechanisms, and motives to prevent the emergence of failed states as well as to provide support to states facing serious internal problems.

Keywords: security, great powers, failed state, international community, Cold War, sovereignty.



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