The Global Peace Index is a composite index comprised of 23 qualitative and quantitative indicators that gauge the level of peace in 161 countries. These indicators can be grouped into three broad themes: the level of safety and security in a society, the number of international and domestic conflicts, and the degree of militarisation. The Global Peace Index allows us to understand what makes societies peaceful and what we need to do in order to mitigate violence in the future.
The 2017 Global Peace Index shows that the world is becoming increasingly divided with some countries enjoying unprecedented levels of peace and prosperity while others spiral further into violence and conflict. Since last year, 93 countries have become more peaceful, while 68 have deteriorated. Europe remains the world’s most peaceful region while Middle East and North Africa remains the world’s least peaceful region since 2015. Syria remains the world’s least peaceful country, followed by Afghanistan and Iraq.