Friday, August 25, 2006

"Foreign Policy" Reports

Just a couple of fun links today, both from Foreign Policy magazine. Their annual Commitment to Development Report has some neat numbers, and surprising rankings. Canada’s commitment is around the same as the US, belying assumptions about its supposedly superior intentions, and Japan runs dead last among 21 ranked rich countries, despite its reputation as a generous donor. The top half a the chart is skewed towards Scandinavia and Australasia.

Also amusing is their failed states index, a Herculean effort to quantify the unquantifiable. How on earth does one represent something like “delegitimization of state” with a number between one and ten? Well, they’ve done it, for better or worse. The results are surprising, although I’d question them a little (how on earth does a state out-fail Somalia?). Interesting reading.

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