Failed States

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The Worst of the Worst

From Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, see which countries fared worst across 12 indicators.

Lois Farrow Parshley |

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Are All States Failing States?

Every unstable country is unstable in its own way.

David Rothkopf |

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The Watch List

Predicting state failure isn't as hard as you think.

Jay Ulfelder |

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Was the Arab Spring Worth It?

The people of the Middle East have paid a steep price to overthrow their dictators.

Hussein Ibish |

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10 Reasons Countries Fall Apart

States don't fail overnight. The seeds of of their destruction are sown deep within their political institutions.

Daron Acemoglu |

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How Bad Is Bad?

Although the 10 worst failed states don’t necessarily suffer from the same problems, they do share one thing in common: a miserable quality of life for most of their people. And when they’re stacked up against the United States, the meaning of “failure” is devastatingly clear.

Alessandra N Ram |

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States of Change

Which countries gained and declined the most in this year's Failed States Index?

J.J. Messner |

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The Undeveloping World

The Eurozone's weakest have taken a hit in the latest Failed States Index.

Nate Haken |

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Dark Crystal

Why didn't anyone predict the Arab revolutions?

Blake Hounshell |

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The Brutal Truth

Failed states are mainly a threat to their own inhabitants. We should help them anyway.

Stewart Patrick |

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12 Degrees of Failure

How does a weak state become a failed state?

Passport Administrator |

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Reality Check: How Bad Are They?

Worlds apart in language, culture, and daily routine, the top failed states still share a quality of life that is at best difficult and at worst fatal for the majority of the population.

Andrew Swift |

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Money Can Buy Love

China isn't just investing in minerals, oil, and other raw goods -- it's buying diplomatic favors and loyalty, too. Chinese investment by region, 2005-2009, in billions of dollars:

Andrew Swift |

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Actually, It's Mountains

Sometimes the toughest obstacles are the naturally occurring ones.

Robert D. Kaplan |

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Who Else Is to Blame?

From security short falls to lack of government accountibility, Mo Ibrahim, Paul Wolfowitz, Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin, Bruce Babbitt, and Raymond C. Offenheiser explain those contributing factors that cripple societies and inevitably keep failed states failing.

Andrew Swift |

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La Vie en %$!

Why is France still propping up Africa's dictators?

Boubacar Boris Diop |

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Where Autocrats Don't Fear to Tread

Why dictators love the United Nations.

Jeffrey Herbst |

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Beijing's Coalition of the Willing

For the West, failed states are a problem. For China, they're an opportunity.

Stefan Halper |

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Mr. Lonely

The twilight of Chad's paranoid tyrant.

Opheera McDoom |

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Africa's North Korea

Inside Eritrea's open-air prison.

Nathaniel Myers |

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A Literal Disaster

Things are just what they seem in the Central African Republic.

Graeme Wood |

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The Worst of the Worst

Bad dude dictators and general coconut heads.

George B.N. Ayittey |

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Why Bad Guys Matter

They put the failed in failed states.

Paul Collier |

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Watch List

Four countries in big trouble.

Elizabeth Dickinson |

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Mogadishu Was a Blast

Our trip to the world’s most failed state -- by way of Kandahar.

Alex Strick van Linschoten |

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In the Beginning, There Was Somalia

Two decades later, the U.S. still has no plan.

James Traub |

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There Is No Congo

Why the only way to help Congo is to stop pretending it exists.

Jeffrey Herbst |

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Why I Keep Going Back to Somalia

What the world's most dangerous place looks like behind the screen of bullets.

Jeffrey Gettleman |