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Failed States Index

Islamic Extremism in Africa

Daniel Wagner | Posted 06.25.2014 | World
Daniel Wagner

In spite of all the resources devoted to fighting Somalia-based Al Shabaab in recent years, the group has grown stronger, and continues to cross the region's borders with impunity. The same is true with Boko Haram in Nigeria and Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb.

Kenya, Corruption, and Terrorism

Daniel Wagner | Posted 06.19.2014 | World
Daniel Wagner

Kenya is too important to fail. The government knows it, and so donor governments. So its dependence on foreign aid will also continue. Let us hope that Kenya does not become part of the African Confederation of Failed States.

World Population Day and 'Failing States'

Robert Walker | Posted 09.08.2013 | World
Robert Walker

When women everywhere enjoy gender equality and access to family planning and reproductive health services, World Population Day will be a cause for universal celebration, but we are not there yet.

Postcards From Hell, 2012

Foreign Policy | Posted 06.18.2012 | World

The"failed state" label may conjure up undifferentiated images of poverty and squalor, but a range of troubles plague the 60 countries atop this year'...

Burma -- Or Is it Myanmar? -- Goes to See Its Shrink

MP Nunan | Posted 06.03.2012 | Comedy
MP Nunan

"I had a really bad weekend," Burma says. "Or a really good one," says the shrink. "The first reasonably free-and-fair election since 1990?"

On 9/21/11 (UN Day of Peace): How Peaceful Is the World?

Michael Shank | Posted 11.21.2011 | World
Michael Shank

That the economics of peace have had such a hard time prevailing in policy conversations is, in part, because the dominant language, lobbies, and learning environments are all geared toward the mechanics of war.

Failed States Index 2010: Somalia Tops The List

Foreign Policy | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

The 10 states that fill out the top ranks of this year's Failed States Index -- the world's most vulnerable nations -- are a sadly familiar bunch. Sha...