Most Unstable Countries In Africa

Written by Keren Mikva

Every year, the Fund for Peace releases a Failed States Index based on 12 indicators accounting for social, economic and political factors.

Ten of the top 15 most unstable countries in the world are in Africa, according to the 2013 Failed States Index.

Countries were measured on demographic pressures (disease, natural disasters, famine); refugees and population displacement; group grievances, tensions, human flight and brain drain; uneven economic development; poverty, state legitimacy or corruption; availability and effectiveness of public services; human rights; security; power struggles; and external intervention. For a complete breakdown of the indicators, go to

The following are the most unstable countries in Africa according to this ranking of failed states, along with the numbers that represent their overall ranking globally.