The Failed States Index 2013

Launch Event

July 8, 2013

Tuesday, July 9, 2013 – 9.00am-11.30am

Registration is now open for the launch of this year’s Failed States Index(FSI).

The FSI is a leading index that annually highlights current trends in social, economic and political pressures that affect all states, but can strain some beyond their capacity to cope. Apart from the impact on their people, fragile and failed states present the international community with a variety of challenges. In today’s world, with its globalized economy, information systems and security challenges, pressures on one fragile state can have serious repercussions not only for that state and its people, but also for its neighbors and other states halfway across the globe.

Linking robust social science with modern technology, the FSI is unique in its integration of quantitative data with data produced using content-analysis software to process information from millions of publicly available documents. The result is an empirically-based, comprehensive ranking of the pressures experienced by 178 nations. The FSI is used by policy makers, civil society, academics, journalists and businesses around the world.

The event will include:

Highlights of the Failed States Index 2013
Presented by the Fund for Peace

Nate Haken
Director, Conflict Early Warning & Assessment, The Fund for Peace
Co-Director of The Failed States Index

J. J. Messner
Director, Sustainable Development & Security, The Fund for Peace
Co-Director of The Failed States Index

Panel Discussion:

The New 4 D’s – Defense, Diplomacy, Development and Data Analysis

An expert panel made up of diverse and dynamic people with expertise in the fields of defense, diplomacy, development and data analysis will explore how different agencies and sectors need to improve collaboration to address the issues of fragile states and to develop local solutions to major global issues such as poverty, weak state institutions, and insecurity.

Krista Hendry (Moderator)
Executive Director, The Fund for Peace

Col. John Agoglia (Ret.)
Former Director of Counterinsurgency Training Center, Kabul

David Bosco
Senior Editor, Foreign Policy Magazine

Edward T. Cope
Director, Basic and Applied Research, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency

Kate Thompson
Principal, Deloitte Consulting LLP

The event will also include adequate opportunity for questions and comment.

Event Details

Where and When:
The University Club

1135 16th St NW
Washington, D.C.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

9:00am – 11.30am

Registration opens at 9.00am. Event will begin at 9.30am.

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All media enquiries should be directed to Mr. J.J. Messner at

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