Topping This Year's Failed States Index Is ...

Top 20 Failed States

  1. Somalia
  2. Zimbabwe
  3. Sudan
  4. Chad
  5. Dem. Rep. of the Congo
  6. Iraq
  7. Afghanistan
  8. Central African Republic
  9. Guinea
  10. Pakistan
  11. Ivory Coast
  12. Haiti
  13. Burma
  14. Kenya
  15. Nigeria
  16. Ethiopia
  17. North Korea
  18. Bangladesh
  19. Yemen
  20. East Timor

Source: Foreign Policy Magazine.

The public relations offices for a number of developing nations could go into "damage control" mode Monday, when Foreign Policy magazine releases its annual Index of Failed States. The magazine ranks 60 countries, in various stages of failure, using 12 specific indicators generated by the Fund for Peace.

This year, Somalia tops the list for the second year in a row, followed by Zimbabwe and Sudan.

Foreign Policy magazine Managing Editor Blake Hounshell debriefs the list with host Guy Raz.

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