States in Transition Observatory
The States in Transition Observatory is a research and advocacy unit based in IDASA South Africa. It seeks to monitor and analyse political developments in transition, weak and failing states in Africa. In 2007-8 much of its work centred on the political crisis in Zimbabwe under the rule of Robert Mugabe. It includes access to press releases, statements and full text research reports. Topics covered include human rights, assessments of the state of democracy and coverage of the 2008 presidential elections.
Index of state weakness in the developing world
The Index of State Weakness in the Developing World, written by Susan E. Rice and Stewart Patrick was published in 2008 by the Brookings Institution. ISBN 13: 978-0-8157-7435-8. The 47 page report ranks 141 developing countries according to their relative performance in the 4 areas of economic, political governance , security, and social welfare providing measures of state insecurity and weakness. The political governance section includes measures of democracy, political violence and human rights factors. It then considers the implications for US foreign policy. Information on the methodology used to compile the index is provided.