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Ten countries on the brink of failure

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Foreign Policy magazine released its annual failed states index Tuesday morning.

There were few surprises at the top of the list – Somalia topped it for the second year running, with Zimbabwe and Sudan nipping at its heels. The complete top 10 (or bottom 10, depending how you see it) were:

1. Somalia
2. Zimbabwe
3. Sudan
4. Chad
5. Democratic Republic of the Congo
6. Iraq
7. Afghanistan
8. Central African Republic
9. Guinea
10. Pakistan

The rankings were accompanied by intriguing analysis about which countries are growing more vulnerable and why, when it comes to threats to global stability, not all troubled states are created equal.

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