Individual indices provide some information about countries and how they’re governed. It’s more interesting to compare two independent studies that support the findings of each other. This post is about two separate Indicators that point to similar results or findings.
The Failed State Index (FSI) has several attributes. Since 2005, the United States think-tank Fund for Peace and the magazine Foreign Policy have published an annual index called the Failed States Index. The indicators are analysed under political economic and social categories. Common indicators include a state whose central government is so weak or ineffective that it has little practical control over much of its territory; non-provision of public services; widespread corruption and criminality; refugees and involuntary movement of populations; human rights violations and sharp economic decline.
The other index I wish to compare is the Global Peace Index (GPI). The Global Peace Index is an attempt to measure the relative position of nations’ and regions’ peacefulness. It is the product of Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP) and developed in consultation with an international panel of peace experts from peace institutes and think tanks with data collected and collated by the Economist Intelligence Unit. The list was launched first in May 2007. Factors examined by the authors include internal factors such as levels of violence and crime within the country and factors in a country’s external relations such as military expenditure and wars.
The Top 30 countries in the FSI are listed below with their relative rank in GPI on the right.
Failed state rank ———————–Global peace rank
(Of 178 countries)———————-( of 162 countries)
2 Congo (D. R)——————————156
3 Sudan ————————————158
4 South Sudan——————————-143
9 Central African Republic——————153
12 Cote d’Ivoire—————————–151
15 Guinea Bissau—————————-132
23 North Korea——————————-154
28 Sri Lanka———————————110
What do these countries have in common? Most of them are from Africa, Middle East and South Asia. Democracy of Autocracy? Powerful ruler or self declared monarchs? Freedom fighters or Terrorists? Manipulation of the state of poverty or Suppressed people? Defense or Diplomacy? Development or waste? Of course, corruption will be the most common denominator!