Latest Publications from The Fund for Peace

 


 
Fragile States Index 2014: Somalia Displaced as Most-Fragile State
Published June 24, 2014
By J.J. Messner
 
As much as the 2014 Fragile States Index is significant for being the tenth anniversary of the Index (and for being the first to be named “Fragile States Index” rather than “Failed States Index”), it is especially notable for the change at the top
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Statehood or Bust: The Case of South Sudan
Published June 24, 2014
By Patricia Taft
 
It took three years, a slide from growing dysfunction to rapid escalation in violence, and more than a fair share of international hand-wringing to arrive at this place: South Sudan is the world’s most fragile state. What occurred in the twelve months since the last Fragile States Index — when the world’s newest country ranked fourth — to this year, where it is the chart-topper, is as complicated as the facets of state-building itself.Read More...
 
 
It Takes a Generation: West African Success Stories
Published June 24, 2014
By Nate Haken
 
Many truisms about peace-building incline towards pessimism. There is a “vicious cycle,” a “conflict trap,” “unintended consequences,” the problem of “political will,” and a slew of transnational “exogenous pressures” beyond the sphere of anyone’s control. Certainly, the FSI is often perceived as a buffet of bad news stories and cautionary tales: but it is not always so.
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Renaming the Failed States Index
Published May 28, 2014
By The Fund for Peace
 
The Fund for Peace is excited to announce the official changing of the name of the Failed States Index to the Fragile States Index. When the Failed States Index (FSI) was first published in 2005, the use of the term ‘failed state’ was designed to highlight and draw attention to the very real risk that people faced if their state failed to address the factors and conditions that we were measuring.
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Voices of Peace from the Niger Delta
Published April 21, 2014
By Laura Brisard
 
From the outside, conflict dynamics can be bewildering in their complexity, particularly in a country as vast as Nigeria with telescoping fault-lines and polarities. Conflict in Nigeria has included an insurgency in the Niger Delta which deescalated in 2009 as a result of an amnesty program for militants, periodic outbreaks of killing in the Middle Belt, and rising levels of violence in the Northeast.
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The Price of Recession: Social and National Resilience
Published April 3, 2014
By Katherine Carter
 
The Failed States Index (FSI) uses political, economic, and economic indicators to determine the relative stability of a nation state and its resilience to potential unrest. The FSI examines how successfully states maintain legitimacy and cohesion in the face of internal or external pressures, but does not speak to how social trends in particular countries change in response to those pressures.
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