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Fragile States Index 2021 Launch

20 May, 2021 @ 16:00 17:30

About this event

Perhaps the clearest lesson of 2020 was that fragilities can affect any country in the world. What started as a health crisis quickly cascaded across all the FSI indicators with overlapping and compounding challenges such as recessions, protests, and in some cases, violence. However, this year also presents a unique opportunity to explore what resilience looks like in different contexts, and the role played by the development community, civil society, the private sector, and government institutions to manage shocks and pressures.

The Fund for Peace, in partnership with the peacebuilding INGO International Alert, will be holding a global virtual event on Thursday, May 20, that will bring together leading experts to discuss how societies can emerge from the COVID-19 crisis stronger and more resilient. Opening remarks will be given by Senator Chris Coons and Congressman Michael McCaul, both of whom have been leaders in the drafting and passage of the landmark Global Fragility Act, which could majorly impact the future of U.S. foreign policy.

This will be followed by a panel discussion moderated by Alliance For Peacebuilding’s Acting President and CEO, Elizabeth (Liz) Hume.

Featured Speakers:

  • Senator Chris Coons, Member of US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations
  • Congressman Michael McCaul, Ranking Member of the House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs


  • Cindy Chungong, Africa Regional Director, International Alert
  • Nealin Parker, Co-Director, Bridging Divides Initiative, Princeton University
  • Natalie Fiertz, Programs Manager, Fund for Peace
  • Senior Representative, African Development Bank 

The 2021 Fragile States Index is the 17th annual iteration of a data-driven policy tool that stands as a leading measure of political, social, and economic pressures across 179 countries. 

For over 60 years, The Fund for Peace(FFP) has been a world leader in developing practical tools and approaches for reducing conflict. With a clear focus on the nexus of human security and economic development, FFP contributes to more peaceful and prosperous societies by engineering smarter methodologies and smarter partnerships. FFP empowers policy-makers, practitioners, and populations with context-specific, data-driven applications to diagnose risks and vulnerabilities and to develop solutions through collective dialogue. FFP is an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization headquartered in Washington, D.C. with offices in Abuja, Accra, and Tunis.