Underreported: Failed States Index

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Many nations that were already on the brink in good times are sliding closer and closer to becoming failed states as the global economic slump continues. Foreign Policy magazine, in conjunction with The Fund for Peace, has compiled a list of the world’s top failed states using 12 indicators ranging from "external intervention" to "uneven development." We’ll speak with Elizabeth Dickinson, Assistant Editor at Foreign Policy Magazine who helped compile the report.
You can read the Failed States 2008 Index here.


Elizabeth Dickinson

Comments [2]

Amy from Manhattan

I was wondering about Ethiopia--I'm glad it was mentioned. (Too bad I couldn't get through to this page till after the segment ended.) Last night PBS aired a show about the attempt to set up a commodities exchange in Ethiopia. I hope other efforts like this in the developing world can help pull some countries back from their failed condition, or at least improve things, as Ms. Dickinson put it.

The show was Wide Angle; info on the episode is available at htp://

Jul. 23 2009 02:11 PM
bruce from midtown nyc

I would nominate Israel as a failed state.
Recepeint of $1.6 Trillion in US aid since 1973 according to the Christain Science Monitor.At aproximately $10 Million in American Taxpayer money a day it clearly doesn't pay it's own bills.
Created as a refuge for the Jewish people after WWII,it has turned into a nation where torture is legal,imprisonment without trial widely excercised,and extrajudicial assasinations to mention a few,are state policies.A nation that has developed arsenals of Biological,chemical,nuclear WMD,flouts international law, is in violation of the Geneva convention by targetting civillians and has ignored countless UN resolutions.
A Rogue state if ever there was one!

Great show Lenny!

Jul. 23 2009 01:41 PM

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