Iraq places second on the Failed States Index compiled by Foreign Policy and the Fund for Peace. It probably could have beaten out Sudan for first place with a little more practice.
Afghanistan, another American client state, ranks eighth.
The authors of the index said one of the leading benchmarks for failed state status is the loss of physical control of territory or a monopoly on the legitimate use of force.
Other attributes include the erosion of legitimate authority, an inability to provide reasonable public services and the inability to interact with other states as a full member of the international community.