Countries at the Crossroads

Countries at the Crossroads 2010

The Countries at the Crossroads 2010 survey contains reports on 32 countries. Each report begins with a section containing basic political and economic data arranged in the following categories: capital, population, and gross national income (GNI) per capita. In addition, numerical ratings are provided for Accountability and Public Voice, Civil Liberties, Rule of Law, and Anticorruption and Transparency.

The capital was obtained from the CIA World Factbook 2010. Population data were obtained from the Population Reference Bureau’s 2009 World Population Data Sheet. Data on GNI per capita are based on the purchasing power parity method and were obtained from the 2008 World Bank World Development Indicators database, except for Bahrain and Zimbabwe, where the GNI data are based on the Atlas method and were obtained from the 2007 World Bank World Development Indicators database (www.worldbank.org).

The Accountability and Public Voice, Civil Liberties, Rule of Law, and Anticorruption and Transparency categories contain numerical ratings between 0 and 7 for each country, with 0 representing the weakest performance and 7 representing the strongest performance. For a full description of the methods used to determine the survey’s ratings, please see the chapter on Survey Methodology.

Following the political and economic data, each country report is divided into five parts: an introduction, and analyses of Accountability and Public Voice, Civil Liberties, Rule of Law, and Anticorruption and Transparency. The introduction provides a brief historical background and a description of major events. The Accountability and Public Voice, Civil Liberties, Rule of Law, and Anticorruption and Transparency sections summarize each government’s degree of respect for the rights and liberties covered in the Countries at the Crossroads survey. The Anticorruption and Transparency section is followed by a set of recommendations highlighting the specific areas of most immediate concern for the government to address.