Some of this year's key findings:
- Iceland is the most peaceful nation for the 2nd year in a row;
- For the first time, Sub-Saharan Africa is NOT the least peaceful region;
- Syria dropped more than 30 spots to 147th;
- This year the U.S. ranks 88th of 158 countries;
- Although countries are doing better at getting along with their neighbors, unrest and conflict within countries has risen.
Watch this video that summarize's this year's Global Peace Index in just a couple minutes:
The website for the GPI can serve as a useful tool for students exploring international issues, peace, and/or conflict. It's possible to view each country and where they rank with the various indicators, and whether that indicator rates as more or less peaceful. Countries can also be selected and compared side-by-side, and a map of the world offers a useful visual representation of how the various countries rate on different indicators.
Peace is a simple concept, but achieving peace is a long and complicated process. The Global Peace Index is a helpful resource for examining and thinking critically about peace, violence, and conflict on a national and global scale.
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