1. there is a very high positive correlation between state centralization (communism, socialism, fascism, corporatism, Islamism) and higher state failure rating,
2. there is no mention of the world’s youngest state, South Sudan, born on July 9th, 2011, which continues to face aggression by Sudan (as if setting up a new state weren’t headache enough),
3. Interesting that Australia, after years of Julia Gillard’s depredations, is still considered “most stable.” (I know that Foreign Policy is not necessarily non-partisan and 100% objective, but still…)
4. The United States is no longer is the “most stable” category. Again, I know that Foreign Policy isn’t necessarily 100% objective, but this is something to think about, particularly after nearly four years of Obama’s relentless drive toward state centralization, fiscal irresponsibility that borders on the criminal, and continuous usurpations of power.