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We are pleased to present the second annual Failed States Index. Tens of thousands of articles from global and regional sources were collected from May to December 2005 using Thomson Dialog. Utilizing our CAST software to do initial analysis of these voluminous documents and with a review by experts, we compiled the scores below.

We encourage others to utilize the Failed States Index to develop ideas for promoting greater stability worldwide. We hope the Index will spur conversations, encourage debate, and most of all help guide strategies for sustainable security.

Click the link at left to view the Failed States Index 2005.

The Twelve Indicators:
  • I 1 - Mounting Demographic Pressures
  • I 2 - Massive Movement of Refugees and IDPs
  • I 3 - Legacy of Vengeance - Seeking Group Grievance
  • I 4 - Chronic and Sustained Human Flight
  • I 5 - Uneven Economic Development along Group Lines
  • I 6 - Sharp and/or Severe Economic Decline
  • I 7 - Criminalization or Delegitimization of the State
  • I 8 - Progressive Deterioration of Public Services
  • I 9 - Widespread Violation of Human Rights
  • I 10 - Security Apparatus as "State within a State"
  • I 11 - Rise of Factionalized Elites
  • I 12 - Intervention of Other States or External Actors
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Rank Country I 1 I 2 I 3 I 4 I 5 I 6 I 7 I 8 I 9 I 10 I 11 I 12 Total
1 Sudan 9.6 9.7 9.7 9.1 9.2 7.5 9.5 9.5 9.8 9.8 9.1 9.8 112.3
2 DRC 9.5 9.5 9.1 8 9 8.1 9 9 9.5 9.8 9.6 10 110.1
3 Cote d'Ivoire 8.8 7.6 9.8 8.5 8 9 10 8.5 9.4 9.8 9.8 10 109.2
4 Iraq 8.9 8.3 9.8 9.1 8.7 8.2 8.5 8.3 9.7 9.8 9.7 10 109
5 Zimbabwe 9.7 8.9 8.5 9 9.2 9.8 8.9 9.5 9.5 9.4 8.5 8 108.9
6 Chad 9 9 8.5 8 9 7.9 9.5 9 9.1 9.4 9.5 8 105.9
7 Somalia 9 8.1 8 7 7.5 8.5 10 10 9.5 10 9.8 8.5 105.9
8 Haiti 8.8 5 8.8 8 8.3 8.4 9.4 9.3 9.6 9.4 9.6 10 104.6
9 Pakistan 9.3 9.3 8.6 8.1 8.9 7 8.5 7.5 8.5 9.1 9.1 9.2 103.1
10 Afghanistan 7.9 9.6 9.1 7 8 7.5 8.3 8 8.2 8.2 8 10 99.8
11 Guinea 7.5 7.2 8.1 8.4 8 8 9.1 9 8.1 8.1 9 8.5 99
12 Liberia 8 9.3 7 7.1 8.6 8.9 7.8 9 7.2 7.3 8.8 10 99
13 Central African Republic 9 7.7 8.8 5.5 8.5 8.1 9 8 7.5 8.9 8 8.5 97.5
14 North Korea 8 6 7.2 5 9 9.5 9.8 9.5 9.5 8.3 8 7.5 97.3
15 Burundi 9 9.1 7 6.7 8.8 7.8 7.2 8.5 7.5 7.3 7.8 10 96.7
16 Yemen 7.8 6.7 7 8.2 9 7.8 8.8 8.2 7.2 9 9.4 7.5 96.6
17 Sierra Leone 8.5 7.9 7.1 8.9 8.7 9 8 8 7 7 7.7 8.8 96.6
18 Burma/Myanmar 8.9 8.8 9 6 9 7.1 9.2 8.2 9.8 9 8 3.5 96.5
19 Bangladesh 9 5.8 9.5 8.5 9 7 9 7.5 7.8 8.3 8.9 6 96.3
20 Nepal 8.5 4.8 9.2 6 9.2 8.5 9.2 6.2 9.1 9 9 6.7 95.4
21 Uganda 8 9.2 7.8 5.7 8.4 7.5 8 8 8 8.5 7.9 7.5 94.5
22 Nigeria 8 5.9 9.1 8.5 9 5.4 9 8.3 7.1 9.2 9 5.9 94.4
23 Uzbekistan 7.7 5.8 7.5 7.5 8.1 7 9.3 7 9.3 9.1 9.1 7 94.4
24 Rwanda 9.5 7 9 8.2 7.2 8 8.7 6.9 7.7 5 8.9 6.8 92.9
25 Sri Lanka 8 8.2 9.1 6.7 8 5.7 8.6 7 7.2 8.5 8.9 6.5 92.4
26 Ethiopia 9 7.6 7 7.5 8.5 8 7.6 6.2 8 7.5 8.7 6.3 91.9
27 Colombia 7 9.1 7.4 8.5 8.5 3.2 8.7 6.5 7.6 9 9.2 7.1 91.8
28 Kyrgyzstan 8 6.6 7 7.5 8 7.5 8.3 7.3 7.9 8.3 7.9 6 90.3
29 Malawi 9 6 6 7 8.8 8.8 8 9 8 5.5 6.7 7 89.8
30 Burkina Faso 9 5.9 6.5 6.6 8.8 8.2 7.8 8.4 6.5 7.6 7.7 6.7 89.7
31 Egypt 8 6 8.5 6 8 7 9 7.3 8 6.5 7.7 7.5 89.5
32 Indonesia 7.5 8.2 6.3 8.3 8 6.8 6.7 7.2 7.5 7.5 7.9 7.3 89.2
33 Syria 7 7.1 8 6.8 8.9 6.5 9 5.5 9 7.5 7.1 6.2 88.6
34 Kenya 9 7.1 6.7 8 8 6.8 7.3 7.2 6.9 7 7.6 7 88.6
35 Bosnia and Herzegovina 6.5 8.5 8.6 6 7.3 6.2 8.1 5.8 5.3 7.5 8.7 10 88.5
36 Cameroon 6.5 6.8 6.5 8 8.7 6 8.5 8 7.2 7.6 7.9 6.7 88.4
37 Angola 8 8.5 6.3 5 9 4.9 8.8 7.6 7.8 6.8 8 7.6 88.3
38 Togo 7 5.8 6 6.5 7.5 8 8.7 8.1 8.1 8.1 7.8 6.7 88.3
39 Bhutan 6 8.1 7 6.7 9 8 8.4 6 8.6 5 8.4 6.7 87.9
40 Laos 8 5.9 6.3 6.6 5.9 6.5 7.9 8 8.2 9 8.9 6.7 87.9
41 Mauritania 9 5.9 8.5 5 7 7.8 7.1 8.2 7.1 7.6 7.9 6.7 87.8
42 Tajikistan 7 6.6 6.2 6.5 7.4 6.8 8.9 7.5 8.6 7.5 8.7 6 87.7
43 Russia 8 7.2 8 7 8 3.7 8.2 6.9 9.1 7.5 9 4.5 87.1
44 Niger 9.4 4.3 8.5 6 7.2 9 7.9 8.5 6.5 6.7 6 7 87
45 Turkmenistan 7 4.2 5.2 6 7.2 8 9.1 7.2 9.7 8.5 8 6 86.1
46 Guinea-Bissau 7 4.9 5.5 7 9.3 7.4 7.8 8 7.9 7.5 6.5 6.6 85.4
47 Cambodia 7.5 6.5 7 8 7.2 6 7.8 7.5 6.9 6.7 7.5 6.4 85
48 Dominican Republic 7.8 7 6.5 8.5 8 6 6.2 8 7.1 7 7.4 5.5 85
49 Papua New Guinea 8 2.5 8 8 9 7 7.8 8 6.1 7 6.7 6.5 84.6
50 Belarus 9 5.1 5.5 3.5 8.5 6.3 9 7.5 7.3 6.8 8 8 84.5
51 Guatemala 8.7 6 7.1 6.7 8 7.1 7.5 7.1 7.1 7.5 6 5.5 84.3
52 Equatorial Guinea 7 2 6.7 7.5 9 4 9 8 8.5 8.3 8 6 84
53 Iran 6.5 8.7 6.9 5 7.5 3 8.1 6.1 9.1 8 8.8 6.3 84
54 Eritrea 8 7.2 5.4 6 6 8 8 7.3 6.8 7.2 7.5 6.5 83.9
55 Serbia and Montenegro 5.7 8.5 8.6 5.5 8 6.5 7.8 5 5.6 6.5 8.6 7.5 83.8
56 Bolivia 7.5 4 7 7 8.8 6.2 7 7.8 6.7 6.5 8.4 6 82.9
57 China 8.5 5.1 8 6.6 9.2 4.5 8.5 7.3 9 5.5 8 2.3 82.5
58 Moldova 7 4.7 7.3 8 7.5 7.5 7.4 7 6.8 5.5 6.8 7 82.5
59 Nicaragua 6.5 5.5 6.4 7.1 9 8.5 7.3 7.2 5.7 6.5 7 5.7 82.4
60 Georgia 6 6.8 7.4 6.1 7 5.5 7.7 6.3 5.6 8.1 7.1 8.6 82.2
61 Azerbaijan 6 8.1 7.3 5 7.5 5.9 8.1 6.5 6 7 7.5 7 81.9
62 Cuba 7.5 4.7 5.5 6 7.9 6.5 7.8 4 8.3 8 8 7.7 81.9
63 Ecuador 6 5.6 6.8 7.1 8 5.2 8.3 7.4 6.7 6.8 7.8 5.5 81.2
64 Venezuela 7.5 4.8 6.8 7 8 4 7.5 7 7.8 7.5 7.3 6 81.2
65 Lebanon 6.8 4.3 7.8 7 6.8 5.3 6.4 5 6.8 7.5 8.3 8.5 80.5
66 Zambia 9.2 5.2 5.2 6.7 7.3 7.6 7.5 7.8 5.8 6 5.2 6.1 79.6
67 Israel 7 8.5 9 3.5 7 3.8 7.3 7 7 4.8 7.5 7 79.4
68 Philippines 7 5.5 7.2 5.7 7.5 5.3 7.8 6 6.1 7 7.2 6.9 79.2
69 Peru 6.5 4.6 7 7.6 8 5.4 6.8 6.4 6.8 8 7.1 5 79.2
70 Vietnam 7 6.5 5.3 7 6.2 5.6 7 6.6 7 7.5 7 5.9 78.6
71 Tanzania 7 6.8 6 6 7 7 6.5 7.8 6 6 5.2 7 78.3
72 Algeria 6 6.6 7.1 5.6 7.4 3.5 7.5 7.6 7.5 6.8 6.4 5.8 77.8
73 Saudi Arabia 6 6.9 7.9 3.5 7 2 8.5 4.1 8.5 7.8 7.5 7.5 77.2
74 Jordan 6 6.8 6 5 7.6 6.5 6.8 5.8 6.1 6.8 6.6 7 77
75 Honduras 8.8 2.1 5.3 6 9 7.6 7.5 6.9 5.6 6 6.4 5.5 76.7
76 Morocco 6.5 8 6.9 6.2 7 6.5 8 5.7 6.6 5.6 5.5 4 76.5
77 El Salvador 8.5 6.1 6 7 7 5 7 7.4 6.7 6 3.9 5.5 76.1
78 Macedonia 5.7 5.1 7.1 7 7.5 6 7.2 5.6 5.3 6.1 6.2 6.3 75.1
79 Thailand 7.5 5.7 8.1 4.3 7.5 2 6.8 6 6.5 6.8 7.2 6.5 74.9
80 Mozambique 7 2 4.5 8.1 7.1 7 7.4 8 6.7 5.5 5.5 6 74.8
81 Mali 8.5 4.2 6 8 6.8 8.5 4.6 8.6 4.7 4.5 3.5 6.7 74.6
82 Turkey 7.2 6.1 7.3 5 8.6 4.1 6.1 5.7 5 6.4 6.9 6 74.4
83 Gambia, The 6 5 4 6 7 8.1 7.5 6.5 6.6 5.5 5.8 6 74
84 Gabon 6 5.4 3 6 7.9 5 7.9 7.5 6.2 5.5 7.5 5.7 73.6
85 Mexico 7.2 4.3 6.1 7 8.3 6.3 5.9 6 5.1 6 4.7 6.2 73.1
86 Ukraine 7 3.8 7.2 7.5 7 4.5 7 5.5 5.9 3 7.5 7 72.9
87 Paraguay 5 1.5 6.2 6 7.5 6.6 8 6.8 8 4.5 7.5 4.4 72
88 Kazakhstan 5 2.9 5.1 4 6.2 6.5 7.5 6.7 7 6.7 7.7 6.6 71.9
89 Armenia 6 7.1 5 7 6 5.1 7 6.5 6 4.5 5.8 5.5 71.5
90 Benin 6 5.1 4 6.9 7.3 6.5 6.5 7.8 4.8 5.5 3.8 6.7 70.9
91 Namibia 5.7 4.9 5.5 8 8 5.5 4.5 7.8 5.8 5.5 3.5 6 70.7
92 Cyprus 5 3.6 8.6 6 7.7 5 5.4 4.2 3.5 4 8.5 9 70.5
93 India 8.8 2.8 6.9 7.1 8.5 5 4.8 6.7 5.4 4.5 5.7 4.2 70.4
94 Albania 6 2.7 4.5 7 6 7 7 6.9 5.5 5.5 4.5 6 68.6
95 Libya 6 2.1 5.5 4 7.3 5.1 7.5 4.5 8.1 5.5 7.9 5 68.5
96 Botswana 9.3 6 3.5 6 6.9 5 5.5 6.8 4.9 4 3 6 66.9
97 Jamaica 6.5 2.5 4.5 6.7 6.5 5 7 6.5 5.6 6 3.9 6.1 66.8
98 Malaysia 6.5 4.1 5.5 3.5 6.6 4.3 5.9 5.8 6.5 6.2 5.5 5.7 66.1
99 Senegal 6.8 4.3 5.2 5 6.8 5.2 5.8 6.5 6 5.5 3.5 5.5 66.1
100 Tunisia 5.7 3.6 5 5 7.5 3.6 6.5 6 7.5 6 6 3 65.4
101 Brazil 6.5 3.6 5.7 5 8.5 2.7 5.5 6.7 5.3 5.7 3.2 4.7 63.1
102 Romania 6.5 3.9 5.4 5.5 6 5.9 6.2 5.3 4.8 3.5 4.1 5.5 62.6
103 Bulgaria 6 4.1 4 6 6.2 4.3 6.2 5.3 4.9 5.5 4.1 5.5 62.1
104 Croatia 5.7 6.6 6.5 5 5.7 5.8 4.2 4.1 4.6 4 3.9 5.8 61.9
105 Kuwait 5.7 4.5 4.5 4 6 2.8 6.8 3 6.5 5.5 7.5 4 60.8
106 Ghana 5.5 4.5 5 8 6.8 4 5.5 6.8 4.4 2 3.5 4.5 60.5
107 Panama 6.5 2.6 4.5 5 7.5 5.7 4.9 5.8 4.8 5.3 3 4 59.6
108 Mongolia 6 1 4.1 2 5.7 4.5 6.2 5.3 6.7 4.7 5 7.2 58.4
109 Latvia 5.7 5.9 4.5 5 7 5.5 4.8 4 3.7 2 4.1 4 56.2
110 South Africa 7.7 5.8 4.5 4 8 2.2 4.1 6 4 3.4 4 2 55.7
111 Estonia 5 5.1 4.5 4 5 3.5 5 4 3.7 2 5.9 3.3 51
112 Slovakia 4.5 1.8 4.4 5.5 6.5 4.5 3.8 4.3 4.6 2 4 4 49.9
113 Lithuania 5.7 3.5 3.5 5.5 6.1 4.5 4.1 4.1 3.7 2 3 4 49.7
114 Costa Rica 6 4.2 4 5 6.2 4.5 3.9 2.5 3.5 2 3.3 4.5 49.6
115 Poland 5 3.2 3.2 6.5 4.7 4.3 4.2 4.3 3.5 2 3 4 47.9
116 Hungary 3.7 3.6 3 5 6.4 4 3.8 4.2 4 2 3 4 46.7
117 Oman 2 1 3 1 2 3.5 6.3 3.5 6.5 5.5 7.5 2 43.8
118 Mauritius 3 1 3.5 2 6 3.1 5.1 4.5 4.7 4 3 2 41.9
119 Czech Republic 4 3.5 3.2 5 4 2.5 3.7 3.9 3 2 3.5 3.5 41.8
120 Uruguay 5 1 2 6 5 3.5 3 4 2.5 3 2.5 3.7 41.2
121 Greece 5 1.4 3.5 5.5 5 3.5 4 3 3 2 1.5 3.7 41.1
122 Argentina 3 1.4 4 4 5.2 4.2 3.5 4 3.7 2 2.8 3 40.8
123 South Korea (Republic of Korea) 4 4.2 3.5 5.5 2.5 1 3.9 1.5 2.8 1 3 7 39.9
124 Germany 4 5 4.9 3 6.2 3.2 2.3 1.8 2.9 2.5 1.8 2.1 39.7
125 Spain 3.2 1.8 5.8 1.5 5 3.3 1.5 1.5 2.9 3.2 5.7 2 37.4
126 Slovenia 4 1.5 3.5 3.5 5.5 3.2 3.2 3.5 3.7 3 1.2 1 36.8
127 Italy 3.5 2.8 3.5 3 4.5 4 3.2 1.5 1.8 2.5 2.8 2 35.1
128 USA 5 6 3 1 6 1.5 2.5 1 5 1 1.5 1 34.5
129 France 4 3.8 6 2 5 3 1.5 1 3.2 1 1.8 2 34.3
130 UK 3.5 3.9 5 2 5 1 2.5 1.8 2 2.5 3 2 34.2
131 Portugal 5 1 2.5 2 4 3.7 1.5 3.8 3.3 1 1.4 3.5 32.7
132 Chile 3 1 3.5 2 4 3.4 1.5 3.5 3.6 2 1.5 3 32
133 Singapore 2 1 3 3 2.5 3.3 3.5 1 3.5 1 4 3 30.8
134 Netherlands 3 4.1 4.8 2.5 4 2 1.2 1 1.5 1 1 2 28.1
135 Japan 4 1 3.8 2 2.5 2.6 1.8 1 3 1 1.3 4 28
136 Austria 2.5 2.1 3.5 1 5 1.9 1.3 1 1.5 1 2 3.3 26.1
137 Denmark 3 2.5 4.5 2 2 2 1 1 1.5 1 1 3.3 24.8
138 Belgium 3 1.5 3.5 1 4 2 1.5 1 1.5 1 1.5 2.5 24
139 Canada 3 2.3 2 2 5 1.2 1.5 1 1.5 1 1.6 1 23.1
140 Australia 2.5 1.5 3 1 4.5 1.5 1 1 2.5 1 1.5 1 22
141 New Zealand 1 1 2 2 4 2.9 1 1 1.5 1 1 1 19.4
142 Switzerland 3 1.5 2 2 2.5 1.2 1 1 1.5 1 1 1 18.7
143 Ireland 2 1.4 1 2 3 1.9 1.5 1.3 1.5 1 1 1 18.6
144 Finland 3 1.5 1 2 2 2.2 1 1 1.5 1 1 1 18.2
145 Sweden 3 2.5 1 2 2 1.2 1 1 1.5 1 1 1 18.2
146 Norway 3 1.5 1 1 2 1.8 1 1 1.5 1 1 1 16.8
Rank Country I 1 I 2 I 3 I 4 I 5 I 6 I 7 I 8 I 9 I 10 I 11 I 12 Total
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  • I 1 - Mounting Demographic Pressures
  • I 2 - Massive Movement of Refugees and IDPs
  • I 3 - Legacy of Vengeance - Seeking Group Grievance
  • I 4 - Chronic and Sustained Human Flight
  • I 5 - Uneven Economic Development along Group Lines
  • I 6 - Sharp and/or Severe Economic Decline
  • I 7 - Criminalization or Delegitimization of the State
  • I 8 - Progressive Deterioration of Public Services
  • I 9 - Widespread Violation of Human Rights
  • I 10 - Security Apparatus as "State within a State"
  • I 11 - Rise of Factionalized Elites
  • I 12 - Intervention of Other States or External Actors
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