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Foreign Policy’s Failed States Index 2012

Foreign Policy magazine has put out its 2012 Failed States Index. They have an interactive map (below is screen grab only):

What exactly is a failed state? That’s debatable, which is what David Rothkopf explores in his accompanying article Are all states failing states? The standard criteria for a failed state tends to penalize those places that are poor, since poverty tends to create the other problems of a failed state. But their are other measures of instability, which is why the U.S. doesn’t get top scores.


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Tom Paulson

Tom Paulson is founder and lead journalist at Humanosphere. Prior to operating this online news site, he reported on science,  medicine, health policy, aid and development for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Contact him at tom[at] or follow him on Twitter @tompaulson.