List of countries by Failed States Index

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Failed States according to the "Failed States Index 2013" of Foreign Policy.[1]
  Alert
  Warning
  Stable
  Sustainable

This is a list of countries by order of appearance in the Failed States Index of the United States think-tank Fund for Peace. A failed state has several attributes. Common indicators include a state whose central government is so weak or ineffective that it has little practical control over much of its territory; non-provision of public services; widespread corruption and criminality; refugees and involuntary movement of populations; sharp economic decline. Since 2005, the index has been published annually by the Fund for Peace and the magazine Foreign Policy.[2] The list has been cited by journalists and academics in making broad comparative points about countries or regions.[3][4]

This is the current list for 2013.[5] Change in rank and score from 2012 is shown in parentheses and the three table headings correspond to those used by the Fund for Peace and Foreign Policy magazine. Many countries' ranks are affected by South Sudan's first full appearance on the list.

The report uses 12 factors to determine the rating for each nation including security threats, economic implosion, human rights violations and refugee flows.[6]

Indicators of a failed state[edit]

12 factors are used by Fund For Peace to ascertain the status of a country.[7]

Social[edit]

  • Mounting demographic pressures.
  • Massive displacement of refugees, creating severe humanitarian emergencies.
  • Widespread vengeance-seeking group grievance.
  • Chronic and sustained human flight.

Economic[edit]

  • Uneven economic development along group lines.
  • Severe economic decline.

Political[edit]

  • Criminalization and/or delegitimization of the state.
  • Deterioration of public services.
  • Suspension or arbitrary application of law; widespread human rights abuses.
  • Security apparatus operating as a "state within a state".
  • Rise of factionalized elites.
  • Intervention of external political agents.

2013[edit]

Alert[edit]

Warning[edit]

Stable[edit]

Sustainable[edit]

Previous[edit]

2012[edit]

Failed States according to the "Failed States Index 2012" of Foreign Policy[8]
  Critical
  In Danger
  Borderline
  Stable
  Most Stable

2011[edit]

Failed States according to the "Failed States Index 2011" of Foreign Policy
  Alert
  Warning
  No Information / Dependent Territory
  Stable
  Sustainable

2010[edit]

Failed States according to the "Failed States Index 2010" of Foreign Policy
  Alert
  Warning
  No Information / Dependent Territory
  Moderate
  Sustainable
[9]

2009[edit]

Failed States according to the "Failed States Index 2009" of Foreign Policy
  Alert
  Warning
  No Information / Dependent Territory
  Moderate
  Sustainable

2008[edit]

Failed States according to the "Failed States Index 2008" of Foreign Policy
  Alert
  Warning
  No Information / Dependent Territory
  Moderate
  Sustainable

2007[edit]

Failed States according to the "Failed States Index 2007" of Foreign Policy
  Alert
  Warning
  No Information / Dependent Territory
  Moderate
  Sustainable

2006[edit]

Failed States according to the "Failed States Index 2006" of Foreign Policy
  Alert
  Warning
  No Information / Dependent Territory
  Moderate
  Sustainable

2005[edit]

Failed States according to the "Failed States Index 2005" of Foreign Policy
  Alert
  Warning
  Moderate / Sustainable / No Information / Dependent Territory

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Failed States Index 2013". The Fund For Peace. Retrieved 31 December 2013. "The FSI focuses on the indicators of risk and is based on thousands of articles and reports that are processed by our CAST Software from electronically available sources. We encourage others to utilize the Failed States Index to develop ideas for promoting greater stability worldwide. We hope the Index will spur conversations, encourage debate, and most of all help guide strategies for sustainable security." 
  2. ^ "Failed States FAQ Number 6". the Fund for Peace. Retrieved 2007-10-22. [dead link]
  3. ^ "Failing States: SOS". The Economist. June 19, 2007. Retrieved 1 December 2012. 
  4. ^ Bloom, David E. (May 5, 2011). "Africa's Daunting Challenges". New York Times. Retrieved 1 December 2012. 
  5. ^ Failed States List 2013 The Fund for Peace. Retrieved on 2013-06-24.
  6. ^ Al Jazeera - Somalia tops 'failed states index'
  7. ^ Indicators The Fund for Peace. Retrieved on 2013-09-27
  8. ^ http://www.foreignpolicy.com/failed_states_index_2012_interactive Failed States, Foreign Policy, accessed 27 Feb 2013
  9. ^ "Somalia tops 'failed states index'". 21 June 2010. Retrieved 31 December 2013. "The index is based on factors such as refugee flows, economic decline and security threats [EPA] Somalia tops the list of so-called failed states, based on factors including its economy, human rights record and security, a new survey says. The Fund for Peace and Foreign Policy Magazine released their 2010 "Failed States Index", on Monday, 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. Somalia, which has held the worst position for three years in a row, has not had an effective government since 1991. It is wracked by bloody fighting between anti-government groups and the army in large parts of the country and pirates are operating off the coast." 

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