The 2011 Global Peace Index
Recently, the Institute for Economics and Peace published the latest report on the Global Peace Index (GPI). The GPI is a measure of global peacefulness which reflects the influence from domestic and international conflict, safety and security issues in society.The 2011 GPI reports the peacefulness in 153 countries and is made up of 23 peace indicators. Each country is rated on a scale of 1 to 5 for each indicator, where 1 indicates most peaceful. Examples of peace indicators are:
- Level of organized conflict;
- Armed services personnel;
- Weapons imports;
- Jailed population.
According to the results of GPI 2011, the top five peaceful countries are Iceland, New Zealand, Japan, Denmark and Czech Republic. By contrast, Somalia is the most unpeaceful country followed by Iraq, Sudan, Afghanistan and Korea, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. Full list of country rankings and score details are available to public through the interactive map.
The key finds of the GPI 2011 Report address that the world is less peaceful for the third straight year due to an increase threat of terrorist attacks and likelihood of violent demonstrations.