Six African nations are in the top 10 of an annual failed-state index, including Somalia, which heads the list for the fifth straight year after continued struggles with lawlessness and piracy.
Somalia tops the 2012 Failed States Index because of â€świdespread lawlessness, ineffective government, terrorism, insurgency, crime, and well-publicized pirate attacks against foreign vessels,â€ť the listâ€™s compiler, Washington-based nonprofit Fund for Peace, said on its website Monday.
The groupâ€™s eighth annual list, which ranks instability risks of 177 nations based on 12 social, economic and political indicators, was published Monday by Foreign Policy magazine. Nations ranking high on the list arenâ€™t necessarily failed states, but are facing enormous pressure stemming from factors such as uneven development, economic decline and human-rights issues, according to Fund for Peace.
The top 10 nations on the 2012 Failed States Index are:
2) Democratic Republic of Congo
See Foreign Policy's interactive Failed States Index map
Foreign Policy magazine notes that Somalia's capital, Mogadishu, is enjoying a period of relative peace. CNN has reported that African Union troops last year pushed Al-Shabaab, an Islamic militant group affiliated with al Qaeda, out of central Mogadishu after years of bitter urban fighting.
But battles between the groups continue elsewhere in Somalia. And last week, the administration of U.S. President Barack Obama for the first time publicly stated that U.S. military forces are engaged in direct action against suspected terrorists in Somalia.
The biggest shifts happened outside the top 10 - mostly rankings of countries that experienced uprisings in North Africa and the Middle East last year. The worst decline was in Libya, which went from well outside the top 60 to No. 50 "as a result of civil war, a NATO-led campaign of airstrikes and the toppling of the (Gadhafi) regime," the Fund for Peace said.
Syria, where an uprising has endured for more than a year, registered the fourth-greatest single-year jump in the index's history (from No. 48 in 2011 to No. 23 in 2012).
Haiti, which jumped to the top 10 last year after 2010's devastating earthquake, is the list's sole Western Hemisphere representative in the top 10.
Other notable rankings: Pakistan, No. 13; North Korea, No. 22; Iran, No. 34; United States, No. 159. Finland was considered the most stable, at No. 177.
This shows what a disaster US foreign/military policy is – after killing and maiming 1000's of our own and locals, after spending billions in Iraq and Afghanistan, after over ten years of neoconservative nonsense, these two countries are still on the top ten most unstable countries in the world.
The World according to the WHITES ! Don't worry about the debt level. Every day is a happy, happy, joy, joy in the west.
Don' let a little thing like proof get in the way of your racist thoughts, celestialone....sure there is some economic instability in Europe and the U.S., but there isn't a whole lot of civil bloodshed compared to what is going on in the Dark Continent...
Go to the source and see the ranking of all the countries in the world and not just these few countries. FP is an American magazine and Americans see their own world through rose-tinted glasses.
When you visited these 10 countries, what were your thoughts?
The last time I read about some of those countries it was about their citizens dying of aids,starvation and thirst
Yeah,we just have it so hard here.
Wait, where is the U.S?
Maybe colonialism wasn't so bad after all. Notice that six of the ten most unstable countries are in Africa. At least under colonial rule there was stability.
In the top ten there are Iraq and Afganistan, so why do you think is that? USA was a colony of the english, maybe that should be adressed as well.
Don't even go there! There was stability BEFORE colonialism...I can cite many countries that are suffering the aftermath of colonialism. I'm really sick of westerners supremacist thinking! Seriously get off your high horses...
Sure. Our dictatorism is better than their own dictators.
two of the countries were put there because of Americans
Yes, they were doing so well under dictators, when people were killed for speaking their minds. I think Mother Nature had more to do with Haiti's demise.
Haiti has never been the same since they ousted President Duvalier. He was Haitis greatest president.
Hey, Haiti is on the list. Once upon a time that country (if it really is one) was on the top of the list for the world's emphathy. How soon we forget. When was the last time Obama or Bill Clinton mentioned Haiti? Ofr that that one more of their failures?
Can Romney even find Haiti on a map?
For more insight into this - read the novels - king of Bat'ha - and the sequel - Tales from the East by Ivanhoe.
THose novels - king of Bat'ha - and Tales from the East by Ivanhoe - discuss the instabilities in the world in that region. Based on direct experiences.
Almost all Africa and the Middle East. How about checking this list with the list of the 10 worst education systems?
.....and a drum roll please! North Korea!!!! Wait, it's not here......WTH?
First thing I noticed was 6 of these countries are in Africa. What does that tell you?
You can count?
The KkK called asking for you – they wanted to know why you missed their last meeting. Oh and your dry cleaner called too – he said your white robes and pointy white hat are ready to be picked up.
Pakistan is the notable that worries me the most. Religious whackos with nukes... sort of like what the Tea Party wants to become.
The Tea Party is concerned with spending more than you take in, not a religious organization. Quit spending taxpayers money on things like Solyndra, that's the Tea Party.
The old saying goes your only as strong as your weakest link. Then why does the US link themselves and give foreign aid and military support to the weak links of the world who have zero value. Invest in countries that can make us many instead of squander it for dictatorial and military regimes.