Three African states -- Somalia, Chad, and Sudan -- once again top this
year's Failed States Index, the annual ranking prepared by the
Fund for Peace and published by FOREIGN POLICY of the world's
most vulnerable countries. For four years in a row, Somalia has
held the No. 1 spot, indicating the depth of the crisis in the
international community's longest-running failure.
The new edition of the index draws on some 130,000 publicly available
sources to analyze 177 countries and rate them on 12 indicators of
pressure on the state during the year 2010 -- from refugee flows to
poverty, public services to security threats. Taken together, a country's
performance on this battery of indicators tells us how stable -- or
unstable -- it is. And the latest results show how much the 2008 economic
crisis and its ripple effects everywhere, from collapsing trade to soaring
food prices to stagnant investment, are still haunting the world.