Failed States Index
The Failed States Index (FSI) is published annually since 2005 by Foreign Policy and the Fund for Peace. The FSI aims to encourage ideas for promoting greater stability worldwide.
How to measure the Failed States Index
The Failed States Index uses twelve indicators to detect the states at risk of becoming a failed state. .
- Mounting Demographic Pressures
- Massive Movement of Refugees or Internally Displaced Persons creating
- Complex Humanitarian Emergencies
- Legacy of Vengeance-Seeking Group Grievance or Group Paranoia
- Chronic and Sustained Human Flight
- Uneven Economic Development along Group Lines
- Sharp and/or Severe Economic Decline
- Criminalization and/or Delegitimization of the State
- Progressive Deterioration of Public Services
- Suspension or Arbitrary Application of the Rule of Law and Widespread
- Violation of Human Rights
- Security Apparatus Operates as a "State Within a State"
- Rise of Factionalized Elites
- Intervention of Other States or External Political Actors
The Failed States Index 2010:
red = alert, orange = warning, yellow = moderate, blue = sustainable, grey = no information
Failed States Index rank order
What does a failed State mean?
A state that is failing has several attributes. The 12 indicators include the state failure risk elements. States can fail at varying rates through "explosion, implosion, erosion, or invasion over different time periods." 
The loss of physical control of its territory or a monopoly on the legitimate use of force are two of the most common reason for a state failure. Fund for Peace Website
Who's to Blame for Failed States?