What comes to mind when you read this list? Countries in states of civil war, chaos, dire poverty (well,
The list goes on:
Ah-ha—countries with horrible governments, failed governments. How about Failed States?
Every year, The Fund for Peace puts together the "Failed States Index," a detailed list that is the analysis of "hundreds of thousands of articles from global and regional sources." Each country gets a score based on 12 criteria, such as demographic pressures, refugees, severe economic decline, criminalization of the state, deterioration of public services, etc.
The 2007 Failed States Index includes first world countries as well—all get ranking, and all get assigned a discrete color zone. Red is in danger or Alert status, orange is troubled or Warning status, yellow is better or Moderate status, and green is most successful or Stable status. The vast majority of countries are in the orange zone. The
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Failed States Index for 2007