The Failed States Index 2005: Out of Sight

What happens if a state fails and nobody notices? The reality is not far off in several parts of the world. We compared the index scores with the number of stories written about the countries per capita. Iraq dwarfs other at-risk states in terms of media attention: It receives more than five times the coverage ...

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What happens if a state fails and nobody notices? The reality is not far off in several parts of the world. We compared the index scores with the number of stories written about the countries per capita. Iraq dwarfs other at-risk states in terms of media attention: It receives more than five times the coverage that Afghanistan and Bosnia do. The most at-risk states, such as Ivory Coast, Somalia, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, barely register on the media's screens.

What happens if a state fails and nobody notices? The reality is not far off in several parts of the world. We compared the index scores with the number of stories written about the countries per capita. Iraq dwarfs other at-risk states in terms of media attention: It receives more than five times the coverage that Afghanistan and Bosnia do. The most at-risk states, such as Ivory Coast, Somalia, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, barely register on the media’s screens.

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