Can One Woman Fix a Failed State?
Hodan Osman couldn’t stamp out Somalia’s endemic corruption. But she made sure the country’s soldiers got paid.
Was the Arab Spring Worth It?
The people of the Middle East have paid a steep price to overthrow their dictators.
10 Reasons Countries Fall Apart
States don't fail overnight. The seeds of of their destruction are sown deep within their political institutions.
How Bad Is Bad?
Although the 10 worst failed states don’t necessarily suffer from the same problems, they do share one thing in common: a miserable quality of life for most of their people. And when they’re stacked up against the United States, the meaning of “failure” is devastatingly clear.
The Worst of the Worst
From Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, see which countries fared worst across 12 indicators.
The Brutal Truth
Failed states are mainly a threat to their own inhabitants. We should help them anyway.
Reality Check: How Bad Are They?
Worlds apart in language, culture, and daily routine, the top failed states still share a quality of life that is at best difficult and at worst fatal for the majority of the population.
Money Can Buy Love
China isn't just investing in minerals, oil, and other raw goods -- it's buying diplomatic favors and loyalty, too. Chinese investment by region, 2005-2009, in billions of dollars:
Who Else Is to Blame?
From security short falls to lack of government accountibility, Mo Ibrahim, Paul Wolfowitz, Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin, Bruce Babbitt, and Raymond C. Offenheiser explain those contributing factors that cripple societies and inevitably keep failed states failing.
Beijing’s Coalition of the Willing
For the West, failed states are a problem. For China, they're an opportunity.