Letter to the editor: Act could lower global danger level

Posted 8/21/19

Act could lower global danger level The Global Fragility Act passed in the House and is now going through the Senate. Sen. Cory Gardner is the only Colorado representative to cosponsor this bill so …

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Letter to the editor: Act could lower global danger level

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Act could lower global danger level

The Global Fragility Act passed in the House and is now going through the Senate. Sen. Cory Gardner is the only Colorado representative to cosponsor this bill so far; it is important that our other representatives in Colorado hear about this important legislation and have the opportunity to support it.

According to an article from the United States Institute of Peace, a fragile state is a region “where the world’s war and poverty are concentrated.” For the most part, the most dangerous countries in the world are also the poorest.

The Global Fragility Act would not only lead to more stable and prosperous communities, but a more stable and prosperous world. In other words, addressing fragility in foreign nations is a national security interest of the United States. The purpose of this bill is to “strengthen the capacity of the United States to be an effective leader of international efforts to prevent extremism and violent conflict” and to “encourage and empower local and national actors to address the concerns of their citizens.” If the bill is passed, the Prevention and Stabilization Fund and the Complex Crises Fund would be established to meet these goals.

Fragility exacerbates poverty. By focusing on the root causes of fragility, the Global Fragility Act will encourage leaders to make changes that will fight both at the same time.

Megan Takeda

Castle Rock

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