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Why we should still care about failed states

July 6, 2010

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Neal Keny-Guyer

The Oregonian
July, 2010

The "Failed States Index," published this week by Foreign Policy Magazine and the Fund for Peace, ranked Haiti No. 12 based on a combination of factors such as poor governance, economic distress and insecurity. Failed states are often recovering from traumas such as a massive natural disaster, economic shock or war that collapses their fragile foundations. Sometimes, failed states are simply mired in chronic poverty, corruption and insecurity.