• Fragile States Index 2018:
    Fragility Impacts World's Richest and Most Developed Countries

  • Qatar Most-Worsened in 2018:
    Regional Rivalries Lead to Economic and Political Isolation

  • Spain Most-Worsened in 2018:
    Catalan Separatism Fuels Spanish Division and Instability

  • United States Among Most-Worsened in 2018:
    Internal Divisions Fuel Worsening

  • Mexico Most-Worsened in 2017:
    "So Far From God,
    So Close to the United States"

  • Turkey Most-Worsened in 2017:
    From Attempted Coup to
    Attempted Autocracy

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  • New Country Dashboards

    We have streamlined our Country Analysis pages to bring you all the visualizations of a country's long-term indicator trends. We've also grouped the indicators together, so you can track a country's Cohesion, Economic, Political, and Social trends. Use our Comparative Analysis tool to compare countries' trends.
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  • Introducing myFSI

    In presenting the Fragile States Index data, we rank the Index’s 12 indicators equally. However, we believe that weighting the indicators ourselves would be a subjective judgment on our part. So, we would prefer to leave that judgment to you. With FFP's new myFSI app, you are now in control of weighting each indicator as you wish.
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  • The CAST Indicators

    Group Grievance. Factionalized Elites. Demographic Pressures. Learn more about the twelve CAST Framework Indicators that form the basis of the Fragile States Index. We have expanded our Methodology and Indicators sections to provide more information about the underpinnings of our annual assessment.
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  • Issues of Fragility Touch the World's Richest and Most Developed Countries in 2018

    BY J.J. MESSNER It certainly felt like a tumultuous year in 2017. As the wars in Syria and Yemen ratcheted up in intensity, Qatar was suddenly politically, economically and physically isolated from its neighbors, Catalonia moved forward on its attempts to separate from Spain, Venezuela fell further into chaos, the
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  • Isolated Qatar Worsens Amid Pressure from Regional Adversaries

    BY PATRICIA TAFT In a year of rapidly shifting priorities, alliances and politics across the greater Middle East, the small oil and gas-rich nation of Qatar took the greatest fall in the 2018 Fragile States Index (FSI). With a native population of barely 300,000 and a gross annual GDP of
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  • Catalan Divorce Attempts Fuel Spanish Division and Instability

    BY AMANDA QUINN October 1, 2017 marked the beginning of an intense social, political and constitutional crisis in Spain as Catalonia, a semi-autonomous region in the northeast of Spain, attempted to secede from the rest of the country through a controversial referendum. The situation spiraled into chaos as the Spanish
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  • Internal Divisions Fuel Worsening in the United States

    BY J.J. MESSNER AND CHARLES FIERTZ More than any previous year, the 2018 Fragile States Index (FSI) has demonstrated that rich and developed countries can be just as prone as any other to the effects of fragility and instability – and the United States is certainly no exception. A combination of
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  • Scraping the Barrel: Oil-Dependent Venezuela in Free-Fall

    BY HANNAH BLYTH When the 14-year rule of the populist President Hugo Chávez came to an end upon his death in 2013, Venezuela was already well down the path to instability. Chávez’s death made way for his handpicked successor Nicolás Maduro who, in stark contrast to Chávez’s cult of personality,
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  • It's (Not) the Economy, Stupid

    BY NATE HAKEN It was a rough year for the United States in 2017. It was the country’s worst year for hurricanes – Irma, Harvey, and Maria caused hundreds of billions of dollars’ worth of damage in the Gulf Coast. It was the worst year for wildfires – over a million acres
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