Foreign Policy Magazine in conjunction with the Fund for Peace has released the 2012 Failed States Index.
This information is typically useful for scholars of terrorism because failed states can be fertile recruiting grounds for terrorist organizations like Al Qaeda.
Others use the index as a rallying cry to pressure their governments to do something about the abject human misery that is spawned by malfunctioning and broken states.
This years list is headlined by
· The Democratic Republic of Congo
· North Sudan
· South Sudan (NOT RATED)