True… rankings do tend to oversimplify rather complex issues. Philosofi.
“While I hardly consider myself an apologist or a conspiracy theorist, I have to admit that I fume every single time the US-based Fund for Peace releases its Failed State Index (FSI). This year was no exception, since once again we saw Pakistan being given another dismal position on the eighth edition of the index, deeming us the 13thmost-failed state in the world.
The press attaché at the Embassy of Pakistan in Washington has taken notice of the Failed State Index ranking and methodology, which has failed to capture Pakistan’s strengths while it exaggerates its perceived weaknesses.
Having the luxury of being much less diplomatic, I would in fact like to suggest that someone should come up with a ‘failed foreign policy index’ and see how countries like the US and its allies rank on it for their recent fiascos in Iraq, Afghanistan and the larger mess such interventions have created for the broader region.” contd