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Wednesday, May 13, 2020
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As countries around the world attempt to navigate the social, economic, political, and (obviously) public health challenges of the COVID-19 global pandemic, societies are met with only one clear certainty – we will collectively emerge to a new, different reality. How we approach and make sense of that new reality will require a data-based approach to inform policy makers and practitioners to identify risks, vulnerabilities, and capacities. And how do we best prepare for the next crisis, whether it be another global health pandemic, the ongoing climate change crisis, or other economic, systemic collapse?

The Fund for Peace, with our media partner The New Humanitarian, will be holding a global virtual event on Wednesday, May 13 that will bring together leading experts on issues of fragility and resilience to discuss how societies can emerge from the COVID-19 crisis stronger and more resilient with the right policy approaches. The event will be held in conjunction with – and informed by – the launch of the 2020 Fragile States Index, a data-based policy tool that has for 16 years been a leading measure of political, social, and economic pressures of 178 countries.

We invite you to join us live on YouTube. Register now to receive the links to join us.

We also invite you to participate in the discussion. Submit your questions to our speakers and panelists either before or during the event.

Where and When

Wednesday 13 May 2020
09:00 ET / 15:00 CET

Zoom Virtual Video Conference streamed live on YouTube.
Links will be provided to participants upon registration.


09:00 ET / 15:00 CET
Introductory Remarks
George Lehner – Chairman, Fund for Peace

09:05 ET / 15:05 CET
Presentation of the Fragile States Index 2020
J.J. Messner de Latour – Executive Director, Fund for Peace
Charles Fiertz – Programs Manager, Fund for Peace

09:20 ET / 15:20 CET
Panel Discussion: Data-based Approaches to Global Crisis
Obi Anyadike – Senior Editor, The New Humanitarian (Facilitator)
Christine Parthemore – Chief Executive Officer, The Council on Strategic Risks
Eric Sarriot – Senior Health Systems Strengthening Advisor, Save the Children U.S.
Nancy Wilson – Chief Executive Officer, Relief International
Nate Haken – Programs Director, Fund for Peace

10:00 ET / 16:00 CET
Facilitated Discussion and Audience Q&A
We welcome audience questions submitted both before or during the event.
Please visit to submit your questions!

10:50 ET / 16:50 CET
Closing Remarks

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About the Fragile States Index: The Fragile States Index (FSI) annually highlights the current trends in social, economic and political pressures that affect all states, but can strain some beyond their capacity to cope. Linking robust social science with modern technology, the FSI is unique in its integration of quantitative data with data produced using content-analysis software, processing information from millions of publicly available documents. The result is an empirically-based, comprehensive ranking of the pressures experienced by 178 nations. The Index is used by policy makers, civil society, academics, journalists, investors, and businesses around the world.

About The Fund for Peace: For over 60 years, The Fund for Peace (FFP) has been a world leader in developing practical tools and approaches for reducing conflict. With a clear focus on the nexus of human security and economic development, FFP contributes to more peaceful and prosperous societies by engineering smarter methodologies and smarter partnerships. FFP empowers policy-makers, practitioners, and populations with context-specific, data-driven applications to diagnose risks and vulnerabilities and to develop solutions through collective dialogue. FFP is an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization headquartered in Washington, D.C. with offices in Abuja, Nigeria and Tunis, Tunisia.

About the New Humanitarian: The New Humanitarian is an independent, non-profit newsroom reporting from the heart of conflicts, disasters and other crises. Our focus on under-reported crises and our commitment to reporting across the crisis continuum — from early-warning stories to post-crisis rebuilding — offers a real-world look at the impact of political and economic upheaval on some of the world’s most vulnerable communities.

More Information

For any questions regarding the Fragile States Index or the Launch Event, please contact Charles Fiertz at [email protected].

View 16 years of FSI data at