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Assessing the Failed States Index Report Part 2 - The Palestinian Authority

Palestinian Territory, Occupied
Posted date: 
Thu, 07/25/2013
Source of the information: 
The Soufan Group

As of mid-July 2013, the Fund for Peace (FfP) has once again published its annual Failed States Index (FSI) of 178 states. Because the FfP only considers sovereign states that are members of the United Nations, the Palestinian Authority (PA) is not included in the ranking (the PA is accorded only "non-member observer state status" by the UN). Nonetheless, it might be instructive to apply the FSI's methodology to the PA — as a state in the making — for the purpose of assessing its performance vis-à-vis an array of relevant pressure points and to identify patterns and trends where the international community might help enhance the PA's viability. 

As discussed in the first part of this series, the FfP's failed state calculus incorporates twelve indicators that are posited as causative factors in determining the capability of a state to withstand a comprehensive list of multidimensional pressures.(...)