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Sri Lanka's 'failed state' indicators regress close to 2010 levels

Sri Lanka has moved up from 29th to 28th 'most failed state' this year, scoring almost as bad as the state did in 2010 on key markers, in the Failed State Index, by the Fund for Peace and Foreign Policy. See here for results.

Sri Lanka scored most highly in 2013 on the 'failed state' indicators of 'Group Grievances' = 9.5 (an increase from 9.1 last year); 'Human Rights' = 9.0, 'Security Apparatus' = 8.5 (putting Sri Lanka ahead of North Korea, which scored 8.4) and 'Factionalized Elites' = 9.3.

Scores for all four of these 'failed state' indicators this year, are in fact very close to 2010 scores - one year after the end of the armed conflict.

2010: 'Group Grievances' = 9.6, 'Human Rights' 8.8 , 'Security Apparatus' 8.5, 'Factionalized Elites' = 9.4.

Sri Lanka ranks 6th this year on 'Group Grievances', after newly divided Sudan and South Sudan, Iraq, Pakistan and Nigeria.

Looking at overall scores, this year Sri Lanka ranks higher than Bangladesh (29th), East Timor (32nd), Sierra Leone (33rd), Iran (37th), Rwanda (38th). Other rankings include: Syria 21st, North Korea 23rd, Eritrea 25th and Myanmar 26th. Somalia ranks number 1 on the Failed State Index.

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