Washington: Just three places below
Afghanistan, Pakistan has been ranked the 10th most failed
state in the 2010 Failed State Index released by the
prestigious Foreign Policy magazine today.
The list is topped by Somalia, followed by Zimbabwe,
Sudan, and Chad.
India is ranked 87 in a list of 177 countries.
In India`s immediate neighbourhood, Burma has been
placed at 13, Sri Lanka (22) and Nepal 25. China is ranked at
57th place. Norway is ranked at the bottom of the list.
"Shattered Somalia has been the No.1 failed state for
three years running, and none of the current top 10 has shown
much improvement, if any, since FOREIGN POLICY and the Fund
for Peace began publishing the index in 2005,"it said.
"Altogether, the top 10 slots have rotated among
just 15 unhappy countries in the index`s six years. State
failure, it seems, is a chronic condition," the magazine said.
The magazine said Somalia saw yet another year plagued
by lawlessness and chaos, with pirates plying the coast while
radical Islamist militias tightened their grip on the streets
"Across the Gulf of Aden, long-ignored Yemen leapt
into the news when a would-be suicide bomber who had trained
there tried to blow up a commercial flight bound for Detroit,"
Afghanistan and Iraq traded places on the index as
both states contemplated the exit of US combat troops, while
already isolated Sudan saw its dictator, Omar Hassan
al-Bashir, defy an arrest warrant from the International
Criminal Court and the war-ravaged Democratic Republic of the
Congo once again proved itself a country in little more than
name, the magazine said.