Thursday, 17 March 2011

Economist: Failed states - Where life is cheap and talk is loose

Modish jargon or a useful category? The term “failed state” conceals many tangles...

The Economist today features an extremely useful article looking at the semantics (meaning)  of the "failed state", a phenomenon that defies easy description. It's difficult to isolate a convenient extract from this excellent piece, so do read the whole thing...

The article includes an informative table laying out several prime candidates for fulfillment of the definition of a "failed state":

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