As David, Joanna and I cooked and ate and sat in the dark in 40 degree weather, David (@damikhail) brought this to our attention yesterday; the definition of a failed state. Let’s take a look: (Wikipedia of course)
“A failed state is a state perceived as having failed at some of the basic conditions and responsibilities of a sovereign government. There is no general consensus on the definition of a failed state. The definition of a failed state according to the Fund for Peace is often used to characterize a failed state:
1. loss of control of its territory, or of the monopoly on the legitimate use of physical force therein (the streets, looting, thugs, lynchings, and most importantly, and the Sinai of course and Al Qaeda’s presence there)
2. erosion of legitimate authority to make collective decisions (Yesterday our Supreme Constitutional Court deemed our Shura Council elections unconstitutional, the same Council that was filling in for the unconstitutional Parliament, that created the constituent assembly that was deemed unconstitutional as well yesterday, but was the same assembly who created and wrote and pushed our constitution through.)
3. an inability to provide public services (well, electricity cuts, water cuts, power cuts, wheat shortages, gas shortages, rail accidents, car accidents, roads falling apart…etc…you get the picture)
4. an inability to interact with other states as a full member of the international community” (I’m too biased to comment here…I’m sure international communities have some respect for Egypt still, but I could put it in Obama’s words… “Egypt is not an ally or an enemy”)
While looking at the Fund for Peace website a bit more (http://ffp.statesindex.org/) Egypt is ranked 31st of 177 and declining. It received a score of 90.4 out of 120 (compare it to Canada which is 169th and scored 26.8)
Are we a failed state? Not yet I suppose but this is surely indicative of our current status and standard of living.