Failed States in Latin America

According to the US State Department, Guatemala, Mexico and other Latin American nations are now or are about to be failed states.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Carlos Alberto Montaner, in an article published in Elperiodico.com.gt, said: "When does a State become "failed?" This is not about the level of poverty, education or health. It occurs when legal institutions become degraded.

Montaner analyzed the reasons why a country like Guatemala comes to be on the verge of falling within the definition of a failed state, saying that decades-long corruption practices of the political class and of public officials, in conjunction with "a good part of the society began eroding the rule of law to the point where it becomes dangerously weakened.

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