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Jakarta Post

Insight: The 2012 Failed States Index tells of a foregone conclusion

  • B. Herry-Priyono

Jakarta   /   Tue, June 26 2012   /  11:07 am

The recent release of The Failed States Index 2012 is no doubt disconcerting for the government. Placed in a danger zone and faring worse than last year, Indonesia is rated as being on the brink of a “failed state”. The ensuing chorus of displeasure was expected. The irony is, the louder the grumble, the more convincing the verdict.

For years the government has been preoccupied with all kinds of global rankings, from global investment indexes to global competition indexes. This strange obsession has reached such an alarming level that the government seems more concerned with its position in global rankings than its legitimacy in the eyes of its citizens, as if its constitutional mandate comes from global ranking agencies. Now, to savor the irony of its fixation with global rankings, the government complains when another verdict is upon us.

We know only too well that the...