Foreign Policy magazine and The Fund for Peace have released their 2013 Failed State Index.
Nations are rated by five categories, Critical, In Danger, Borderline, Stable and Most Stable.
Not many countries achieve the Most Stable rating - Canada, the Scandinavian countries including Iceland, plus Australia and New Zealand, that's it. The United States, Japan and Britain, are among the second-tier or Stable countries.
Most of Africa; the Middle East; South, South East and East Asia, together with Russia fall into the In Danger or Critical categories. Disturbingly, the emerging economic superpowers are included. China is rated Critical. India is listed as In Danger. The other member of that nuclear-armed triad, Pakistan, is likewise Critical.
The interactive map, linked above, reveals a world beset by increasing instability. Welcome to the 21st century.