The Global Peace Index ranks the world’s most and least peaceful countries

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Katherine Sullivan on the PolicyMic website writes an account of the procedure followed by Vision of Humanity in determining the GPI:

“The results are in, and it’s official. The seventh annual Global Peace Index ranks the world’s most and least peaceful countries.

Go to their site to operate the interactive map

Go to their site to operate the interactive map

“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.”

global peace index list 2 18“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

PolicyMic was founded in New York City by recent Harvard and Stanford grads Chris Altchek and Jake Horowitz. It describes itself as the first democratic online news platform to engage millennials in debates about real issues.

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2 Responses to The Global Peace Index ranks the world’s most and least peaceful countries

  1. What an interesting comment, Roberta!!!

    Wise insight into ‘follow the money’!

  2. roberta4949 says:

    wow, interesting map, i would love to see a map on how many countries are receiving american money and what they doing with it, and how much this contributes or decreases peace in a area,or maybe a map on the degree of freedoms and regulations changes over the last 100 years, or wealth distribution over the last one hundred years, be interesting to see. or maybe even a map on where corporations started and moved over the last one hundred years, be pretty cool to see how economies change for the better or worse and how the environment is impacted.

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