One billion people live in countries in which the state is breaking down or is overcome by conflict. These countries are often bridled with high rates of poverty and their governments are typically hampered in their efforts to provide basic services or security for people’s lives to improve. A live online discussion about support for "fragile states" will take place on September 25, 10 a.m. Washington time. Alastair McKechnie, Director of the World Bank's Fragile and Conflict-Affected Countries Group and former Country Director in Afghanistan, will answer questions on new efforts to help countries considered "fragile" to break out of a cycle of ineffective government, poverty and conflict. Join the discussion live or send questions in advance.