“The results are in, and it’s official. The seventh annual Global Peace Index ranks the world’s most and least peaceful countries.
“Peace-loving Americans be warned! The results of 2013’s GPI may surprise you. While Afghanistan’s last-place spot may be expected, the good old US of A comes in at a lowly 100 out of 162.
“Vision of Humanity, the nonprofit organization behind the index, started measuring peace in 2007. Dedicated to studying, advocating for, and acting on peace, Vision for Humanity created the index as part of their “strategic approach to raising the world’s attention and awareness around the importance of peace to humanity’s survival in the 21st century.”
“So how did countries like Sierra Leone, Mongolia, Brazil, Morocco, and Nicaragua beat out the USA in peacefulness? The index measures the obvious: internal war and conflict, homicide rates, and political instability, but it also measures the conflict that a country causes to other nations.
“Under the “militarization” category, “Military expenditure as part of GDP,” “Volume of transfers of major conventional weapons per 100,000 people,” “nuclear weapons capability,” and “financial contribution to UN peacekeeping missions” all affect a nation’s score.
“While the U.S. scored relatively low in domestic conflict and societal safety (with the exception of our high homicide rate), we scored exceptionally high in the militarization category.
“In other words, it’s not just about how peaceful things are within a country’s borders, it’s about a country’s overall contribution (or lack thereof) to world peace. These external measures of peace adequately reflect a world that is undeniably interconnected and growing increasingly more so by the minute. It is no longer okay, if it ever was, to not worry about the impact we have on our fellow human beings, even those in faraway lands”.
Britain was 44th in the list
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