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It described a failed state as a political body that has disintegrated to a point where basic conditions and responsibilities of a sovereign government no longer function properly.
It also added that a state can also fail if its government loses its legitimacy even if it is performing its functions properly. For a state to be regarded as stable, its government has to enjoy both effectiveness and legitimacy. When a nation weakens and its standard of living declines, it introduces the possibility of total government collapse.
Some of the countries listed as failed states include; Syria, Somalia, Myanmar, Nigeria, Iraq, Yemen, Turkey, Democratic Republic of Congo, Central African Republic, Rwanda, Liberia, Yugoslavia, Lebanon, Afghanistan, Sudan, and South Sudan.
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