Jul 19, 2011


"Foreign Policy", an American magazine, along with "The Fund for Peace" (an American research group) publishes an annual index which ranks countries on twelve factors comprising various social, economic, and political dimensions. Usually, countries would not want to be ranked high on this list.

This year's list came out in June and its top ten has seven African countries; Haiti, Afghanistan, and Iraq make up the rest. Somalia is the unfortunate #1. India ranks #76 (while Pakistan is #12). Expectedly, Scandinavian countries (Finland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark) and Switzerland are at the very bottom.

Such high ranking countries are described by a two-word geopolitical phrase that indicates the inability of their governments to govern effectively. This is also the name of the Index. What term?

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