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Failed States: Latin America’s most improved

What better way to piss off a diplomatic mission than to tell them their government is a failure?

That’s the underlying thought I always have whenever Foreign Policy and the Fund for Peace release their annual Failed States Index. For those unfamiliar with it, this is a survey of 177 countries which endeavors to rank sovereign states according to their risk of collapse into anarchy (my interpretation). They’ve been putting this study out for eight years now and it never fails provoke reactions from governments who feel jilted, which means pretty much everybody except for the Swedes, New Zealanders, Swiss and other such perennial well-behaved A-students.
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