Fragile States Index 2015 Launch Event

Registration is Now Open
Thursday, June 18, 2015 - 2.00pm-4.00pm
Join us at the UN Foundation for the launch of the eleventh annual Fragile States Index, on Thursday, June 18 at the United Nations Foundation in Washington, D.C.

The Fragile States Index remains a leading tool that highlights 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 qualitative 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 countries. The Index is used by policy makers, civil society, academics, journalists and businesses around the world.

The event will include a presentation of the key findings of the 2015 Fragile States Index, as well as an expert discussion on fragile and conflict affected societies. The event will also include adequate opportunity for questions and comment.

Dress code is business or business-casual attire.

Event Program

Address on the Importance of Understanding State Fragility
Victor Ochen
Director, African Youth Initiative Network Uganda, one of the youngest-ever nominees for the Nobel Peace Prize, and named by Forbes as one of the top 10 most powerful future leaders in Africa.

Presentation on the Key Findings of the 2015 Fragile States Index

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

Panel Discussion on the Future Trends of Measuring and Understanding State Fragility

Benjamin Pauker
Managing Editor, Foreign Policy magazine

Heather Kulp
Deputy Executive Director, Niger Delta Partnership Initiative Foundation

Nancy Lindborg
President, U.S. Institute for Peace

Alexandre Marc
Chief Specialist (Fragility Conflict, and Violence), The World Bank

Robert S Ricigliano
Systems and Complexity Coach, The Omidyar Group

Alexandra Toma
Executive Director, Peace and Security Funders Group

Where and When:

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

Thursday, June 18, 2015
2:00pm - 4:00pm


Click here to RSVP

Media Contact

All media enquiries should be directed to Ms. Hannah Blyth at