Kateira Aryaeinejad, Galen Englund, Candace Rondeaux, Prakhar Sharma, and Megan A. Stewart

The Governance Nexus: Surveying the Research on Violent Extremism, Governance Failures, and the Quest for Political Legitimacy

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With contributions from scholars based at American University, Yale, and several others working in and around the US international development and security community, this paper examines the relationship between governance, public service provision, and support for non-state actors through case studies of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, and Kosovo. The final paper in the series, "The Governance Nexus" looks at the existing literature on governance, state fragility, and non-coercive strategies violent extremist organizations employ to bolster their political legitimacy, and provides recommendations for where researchers should focus their efforts.