Ethiopia: The 17th Most Failed State, and Zenawi: the 9th Worst of the Worst Dictators (Foreign Policy)
The 2010 Failed States Index has ranked Ethiopia as the 17th most failed state in the world. For a second year in a row, Ethiopia’s ranking is worse than that of Kim Jung-il’s North Korea. Meanwhile, Mr. Meles Zenawi, Prime Minister of Ethiopia, has been named the 9th Worst of the Worst Dictators in the world.
The Failed States Index is a collaboration between the Foreign Policy magazine and The Fund for Peace and will be published on the July/August 2010 issue of Foreign Policy. The Index is intended to highlight states that pose global security threats or bring tragedies for their own people. The Index is compiled by analyzing data in the following areas: factionalized elites, human rights, delegitimization of the state, economic decline, demographic pressures, refugees/internally displaced persons, group grievance, uneven development, public services, security apparatus, and external intervention.
Initiated in 2005, the Failed States Index has been tracking the sinking of Ethiopia into a one-party authoritarian state. From the 30th most failed state in 2005, Ethiopia has deteriorated into the 17th most failed state in the world in 2010.
Ethiopia’s Failed State Index ranking: 2005 (30th), 2006 (26th), 2007 (18th), 2008 (16th), 2009 (16th) and 2010 (17th)
This year Foreign Policy has also issued the 23 Worst of the Worst Dictators in the world, and Mr. Meles Zenawi has ranked 9th in the worst of the worst dictators list.
Here’s an excerpt on Mr. Zenawi:
9. MELES ZENAWI of Ethiopia: Worse than the former Marxist dictator he ousted nearly two decades ago, Zenawi has clamped down on the opposition, stifled all dissent, and rigged elections. Like a true Marxist revolutionary, Zenawi has stashed millions in foreign banks and acquired mansions in Maryland and London in his wife’s name, according to the opposition — even as his barbaric regime collects a whopping $1 billion in foreign aid each year.
Elsewhere in the Greater Horn of Africa, Somalia ‘tops the failed states index’, Sudan has ranked 3rd; Kenya: 13th; Eritrea: 30th; and Djibouti: 68th.