Afghanistan the world's most unstable state for 2000
The Associated Press, December 29, 1999
WASHINGTON (AP) – The century is coming to a close with a third of the world's 193 nations embroiled in conflict, nearly twice the Cold War level, according to the National Defense Council Foundation. In its annual report, the group blamed rising military coups and a backlash against democracy. The foundation listed 65 conflicts in 1999, up from 60 the year before. It nominated Afghanistan as the world's most unstable state for 2000 – followed closely by Somalia, Iraq, Angola and the breakaway Chechnya region of Russia.
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