Join us for the launch of the thirteenth Fragile States Index, on Monday, May 15 in Washington, D.C.

The Fragile States Index annually highlights the 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 states present the international community with a variety of challenges.

Linking robust social science with modern technology, the Index 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 Index is used by policy makers, civil society, academics, journalists and businesses around the world.

Keynote Speech to be Delivered by John McLaughlin

The keynote address of the 2017 Fragile States Index Launch will be delivered by John McLaughlin, who served as the Deputy Director of the Central Intelligence Agency from 2000-2004 and Acting Director of the CIA in 2004. Mr. McLaughlin is currently a distinguished practitioner in residence at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, and a member of The Cipher Brief’s Expert Network.

Event Program

Address on the Importance of State Fragility to U.S. Foreign Policy

John McLaughlin
Former Deputy Director, Central Intelligence Agency.

Presentation on the Key Findings of the 2017 Fragile States Index

J.J. Messner
Executive Director, The Fund for Peace.

Panel Discussion on Trends in Understanding and Addressing State Fragility

Expert panel discussion on the current trends in measuring and seeking to address the underlying causes of state fragility — and their potential implications on U.S. policy.

Amb. Herman Cohen (Ret.)
Former United States Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs.

Melanie Greenberg
President and CEO, Alliance for Peacebuilding.

Olivier Knox
Chief White House Correspondent, Yahoo! News.

Ellen Laipson
President Emeritus, The Stimson Center

Where and When

The United Nations Foundation
1750 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C.

Monday, May 15, 2017
2:00 pm – 4.00pm


Registration is now open. Click here to register online now.


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More Information

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Please note that The Fund for Peace is unable to facilitate the attendance of any participants who are not already in Washington, D.C. We are unable to provide for travel costs or visas in connection with this event. Thank you for your understanding.