2010 Failed States Index

Posted on 23/06/2010


Shattered Somalia has been the No. 1 failed state for the past three years. 

This year’s index draws on 90,000 publicly available sources to analyze 177 countries and rate them on 12 metrics of state decay — from refugee flows to economic implosion, human rights violations to security threats. Taken together, a country’s performance on this battery of indicators tells us how stable — or unstable — it is. And unfortunately for many of the 60 most troubled, the news from 2009 is grave.

At the top of the list, Somalia saw yet another year plagued by lawlessness and chaos, with pirates plying the coast while radical Islamist militias tightened their grip on the streets of Mogadishu.

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