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Politeja 2018, nr 56

red. Bogdan Szlachta

Publisher: Księgarnia Akademicka, 2018
Page(s): 278
Politeja, 55
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ISBN/ISSN: POL56
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Author: red. Bogdan Szlachta

Publisher: Księgarnia Akademicka, 2018

Politeja, 55

Section:

Page(s): 278

ISBN/ISSN: POL56

I am very pleased to present the second issue ofPoliteja. The Journal of the Faculty ofInternational and Political Studies of the Jagiellonian University in Krakówentirely de-voted to African Studies, this time focusing on the problem of state dysfunctionality onthe African continent in its different dimensions and shades.In the second decade of the 21st century, the world is still struggling with the prob-lems of extreme poverty, economic and social underdevelopment, drastic cases of viola-tions of human rights, armed conflicts, the problem of refugees, illiteracy or epidem-ics. They mainly affect about two billion people living in fewer than 40 countries witha high degree of state dysfunctionality1. The most often quoted think-tank studyingthis phenomenon – the Fund for Peace (FFP) – in the 2018 edition of itsFragile StatesIndex(FSI)2considered 35 states to experience a high degree of dysfunctionality; 26 ofthem were African states, which is 74 per cent of the total number of the most dysfunc-tional states in the world3. Moreover, 25 of them are Sub-Saharan African countriesand among the top ten most dysfunctional states, according to the FSI 2018, seven arelocated in Sub-Saharan Africa: South Sudan (1), Somalia (2), Central African Repub-lic (5), Democratic Republic of the Congo (6), Sudan (7), Chad (8), and Zimbabwe(10). Taking into account that in Sub-Saharan Africa there are 49 countries, represent-ing 25 per cent of all the countries in the world, as well as the fact that Sub-Saharan Af-rica is home to more than a billion people, or 13.6 per cent of the world’s population,it depicts how much this region is affected by the problem and how great its scale is4.1“Fragile States Index 2018”,Fund for Peace, at <http://fundforpeace.org/fsi/data/>, 12 December