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Failed States 2013

The 2013 Failed States Index

Our annual ranking of the world's most fragile states.

By Foreign Policy and the Fund for Peace

Postcards from Hell

Living on the edge in the world's worst places. 

Can Silicon Valley Save the World?

Defeating global poverty is the latest start-up trend. But is there really an app for that?

By Charles Kenny and Justin Sandefur

The Invisible State

It's time we admit the Democratic Republic of Congo does not exist.

By Jeffrey Herbst and Greg Mills

'You Can't Eat Sharia'

Egypt is on the brink -- not of something better than the old Mubarak dictatorship, but of something even worse.

By Mohamed ElBaradei

Europe's Basket Case

Has Greece's dysfunction reached the point of permanent crisis?

By Joanna Kakissis

'There's No Such Thing as a Failed State'

The father of emerging markets says we shouldn't give up on the world's Somalias and Zimbabwes.

Interview by Blake Hounshell

Does It Take a Village?

Jeffrey Sachs dazzled the development world with his plan to end poverty. But now critics say there's no way to prove whether it works.

By Paul Starobin

The FP Survey: Africa Rising?

More than 60 experts weigh in on whether the "African century" is for real.

Mad Libs: Africa Rising?

Experts fill in the blanks on the state of politics in Africa and whether its much-touted economic rise is for real.

 

Leaning Away

Maybe the real failed states are the ones that have the means to help other nations -- but choose to retreat inward.

By DAVID ROTHKOPF

Think Again: Working Women

Why American women are better off than the lean-inners and have-it-allers realize.

By KAY HYMOWITZ

Opening Gambit: Oh, Canada

BY ANDREW NIKIFORUK

Ideas: Reach Out and Kill Someone

BY JOSHUA E. KEATING

Epiphanies from Frank Gehry

INTERVIEW BY BENJAMIN PAUKER

The New New Normal: After Bernanke

BY MOHAMED A. EL-ERIAN

Fast-Food Nations

BY JOSHUA E. KEATING

The Great App Firewall

BY ISAAC STONE FISH

Pictured: Before They Pass Away

PHOTOGRAPHS BY JIMMY NELSON

The Cookbook Theory of Economics 

Why Chinese and Mexican dominate the market. 

BY TYLER COWEN

Recipe for Living: Add Rice. Stir. 

The grain that sustains the war weary.

BY ANNA BADKHEN

Austerity Lentils

What a country cooks when it's collapsing.

BY JOANNA KAKISSIS

Market Revolution

How Poland learned to love its own cuisine.

BY ANNE APPLEBAUM