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The Failed States Index 2005: Give and Take

When countries give foreign economic aid, they have many motivations: humanitarian impulses, strategic concerns, interest group politics, and simple bureaucratic inertia. We compared the amount of foreign aid countries receive per capita with the index rankings and found that the countries at greatest risk of collapse often get paltry amounts of aid. The exceptions appear to be countries that have been the recipients of large-scale international military intervention. Afghanistan, Bosnia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Iraq, and Sierra Leone are high-risk states that get above-average foreign aid (Bosnia gets the most by far).

A significant number of high-risk states receiving little aid, such as Sudan and North Korea, have pariah governments, suggesting that the populations are suffering for the sins of their leaders.

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