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Idyllic Mauritius is the only African country ranked in the favourable category of ‘more stable’ in the latest survey on state fragility. Reuters/Darrin Zammit Lupi

Is the Fragile States Index ‘fatally flawed’?

The Fragile States Index leaves more questions than it answers. Like similar global surveys, its credibility hinges on reliable data. But how sound are its statistics and their interpretation?
South Sudan declared independence in 2011 after a referendum in which participants voted overwhelming in favour of secession, but the new state’s viability is in question. EPA/Phillip Dhil

South Sudan’s viability requires an honest answer to avert further disaster

South Sudan's independence in 2011, which ended half a century of deadly conflict, was met with much praise. But a descent into civil war has led to dismay and suggests fresh thinking is required.
Is anyone really listening? EPA/Dai Kurokawa

Boko Haram and the state of failure in Nigeria

Earlier this month, Nigeria marked a most unwelcome anniversary; a year of special measures in the three northern states of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe. Located in the north east corner of the country, snug…

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