BERLIN Russia has scored relatively poor on the recently released "Index of State Weakness in the Developing World," basically a list of the world’s most vulnerable states.
The index, developed by Washington DC-based Brookings Institution, measures 141 developing states on the basis of "effectiveness, responsiveness, and legitimacy across a range of government activities."
0.00 represents the lowest overall score, a combined measurement of weakness in economy, politics, security, social welfare and per capita income. The worst score was Somalia at 0.52 and the best was Slovakia with 9.41.
Russia, which is a member of The Group of Eight industrialized nations, scored in the middle band with 6.20, one notch worse than Iran. Belarus was 6.63 and Ukraine fared far better with 7.38.
All Central and Eastern Europe states in the European Union, as well as Bosnia-Herzegovina, Macedonia and Croatia, scored in the top percentile.