Nonwhite World Dominates Official “Failed States” List

Nonwhite countries dominate the official Foreign Policy magazine’s 2013 list of “Failed States” once again, underlying the primary link between race and standards of development.


The list of failed states, issued each year by the respected journal and the “Fund for Peace,” analyzes how countries performed during the previous year, e.g., 2013’s index measures countries’ performance in 2012.

The Fund for Peace only includes recognized sovereign states based on UN membership in the Failed States Index. The Palestinian territories “are included as part of the assessment of Israel, since international law places governance responsibilities on the occupying power.”

In the above map, red (Critical) corresponds with scores of 80 or higher, orange (In Danger) corresponds with scores of 70-79.9, yellow (Borderline) corresponds with scores of 50-69.9, light green (Stable) corresponds with scores of 30-49.9, and dark green (Most Stable) corresponds with scores lower than 30.

The editorial which accompanies the Foreign Policy survey of course fails to mention race as a factor in determining the “failed state status”—but the list of nations makes it obvious that it is the Second and Third World which figure in their calculations.

Factors which the survey takes into account include wars, hunger, brutal dictatorships, child mortality, economic failure, mass epidemics,  political infighting, demographic pressures, refugees, human flight, economic decline, delegitimization of the state, (the lack of) public services, human rights abuses, factionalized elites, and External Intervention.

The top failed states, starting with the worst first, reads as follows:

Somalia, Dem. Rep. of the Congo, Sudan, South Sudan, Chad, Yemen, Afghanistan, Haiti, Central African Republic, Zimbabwe, Iraq, Ivory Coast, Pakistan, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Nigeria, Kenya, Niger, Ethiopia, Burundi, Syria, Uganda, Liberia, North Korea, Eritrea, Myanmar, Cameroon, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, Mauritania, East Timor, Sierra Leone, Egypt, Burkina Faso, Republic of the Congo, Iran, Mali, Rwanda, Malawi, Cambodia, Togo, Angola, Uzbekistan, Zambia, Lebanon, Equatorial Guinea, Kyrgyzstan, Swaziland, Djibouti, Solomon Islands, Tajikistan, Papua New Guinea, Libya, Comoros, Colombia, Laos, Mozambique, and the Philippines.

At least two of the states in this list (Afghanistan and Iran) are unquestionably higher on the list than they should be because of the devastation caused by the illegal invasions of those nations by US and British armed forces.

Iran is probably also higher on the list than it should be because of the crippling sanctions to which it has been subjected over continuous bogus claims about mythical “atom bombs” it is supposed to be developing.


Somalia, which the survey describes as the “most failed of failed states” remains “effectively divided and barely governed, with the northern provinces of Somaliland and Puntland functioning like independent states. Its per capita GDP of $115 is the lowest in the world, and human development indicators remain discouraging and in many cases nonexistent.”

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1 Comment

  1. I’d be more than a little suspicious about these indices. Putting North Korea – one of the most stable countries on the planet in the ‘critical’ category alongside Somalia and Yemen – is patently ridiculous.

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