June 28, 2010 | By Ceve |
The Fund for Peace and Foreign Policy Magazine released their 2010 “Failed States Index” this month, “ranking 177 countries to determine those most at risk of failure. The annual report uses 12 metrics including security threats, economic implosion, human rights violations and refugee flows.
Since the index was published for the first time in 2005, the top 10 slots have rotated among just 15 countries, and Foreign Policy said it seems that state failure “is a chronic condition”. Africa has seven of the top 10 spots, and half of the 60 weakest states.” (quoted summary is from Al Jazeera’s website).
Though one might not completely agree with the relative weighting of the criteria, and therefore may disagree with some of the specific rankings, the interactive map and rankings page are very informative and well worth exploring.