Livin' on the Edge

George Will has been criticizing what he calls Obama’s “flawed Afghanistan strategy” for months and noted in his Sunday column that “The Pentagon’s map of Afghanistan’s 80 most key districts shows only five ’sympathetic’ to the Afghan government — and none supporting it.”  It’s certainly Obama’s most pressing foreign affairs issue. But according to Foreign Policy’s newly-released “Failed States Index 2010,” Afghanistan is just one of many states that are teetering on the edge of collapse.  Somalia was ranked the most “Critical” state.  Others included Afghanistan (#6), Iraq (#7), nuclear Pakistan (#10), Yemen (#15), and North Korea (#19).  Iran was #32, which put it in the category of “In Danger.”

On the other side of the spectrum, the three Scandinavian nations are considered the “Most Stable.”  The United States fell behind 13 European nations, New Zealand, Australia, Japan, Canada, and Singapore – and received relatively low scores on “Uneven Development.”

Here’s their great interactive map.

Failed States Index 2010