Egypt Institute Journal (Vol. 2 – Issue 6) / studies

Building the State: ‘Concept, Theory, and Questions of the Present Time’

April 2017

Algerian researcher and academic, specialized in contemporary political philosophy, Professor of Political Science and International Relations, University of Boumerdes, Algeria.


The study suggests that the context of globalization has posed a theoretical challenge represented in the concept’s mismatch with the current reality, given the intensity of the new variables presented by this context. The specialists in studying this phenomenon, have realized the need to reconsider the concept of state building, but that remains a theoretical ambition away from likely achievement, unless we realize that there is a decline in the Western liberal model in most developing countries, amid the emergence of local and alternative models in these countries, which partly reflects relations of global strengths and facts. State building between constants and variables; this duality raised chronic questions that remain unresolved up to this day on the following levels: sovereignty, international law, the principle of non-interference, redesign of state potential and functions, and the incentive to build, etc.

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