RICARDO CUSH MCKENZIE replied 16th Sep '15:
The point in which you declare a nation as a failed state logically must begins at the point when all or most of its social and national institutions have failed, not failing. I refer to institution such as its national defense systems, its education systems, health systems etc.
All three countries mentioned have functional institutions: Honduras and Mexico continue to have exciting tourism products and Venezuela is making meaningful contributions to the region. We can look at its oil deals with Jamaica and the many economic partnership with Cuba.
Crime is just one social problem. Even though it has a immediate frightening effect and so often overshadows progress in other areas, it does not accurately represent the overall performance of a state.