Countries at the Crossroads is an annual assessment of government performance in 72 strategically important countries worldwide. The in-depth comparative analyses and quantitative ratings—examining government accountability, civil liberties, rule of law, and anticorruption and transparency—are intended to help international policymakers identify areas of progress, and to highlight areas of concern that can be addressed in diplomatic efforts and reform assistance.
The 2012 edition is the seventh in the Countries at the Crossroads series and covers 35 countries, 32 of which have been examined in past editions. The period of review, with two exceptions, for events covered by the country scores is April 1, 2009 through December 31, 2011. The period of review for the Egypt and Tunisia scores, which were last covered in the 2011 edition, is January 1, 2011 through December 31, 2011. An expert-authored narrative report of approximately 7,000 words was produced for each country in the survey.