Global Peace Index (2009 - 2016)
The Global Peace Index is an attempt to measure the relative position of nations' and regions' peacefulness.It is the product of the Institute for Economics and Peace & developed in consultation with an international panel of peace experts from peace institutes and think tanks with data collected and collated by the Economist Intelligence Unit.
The index gauges global peace using three broad themes: the level of safety and security in society, the extent of domestic and international conflict, and the degree of militarization.Factors are both internal such as levels of violence and crime within the country and external such as military expenditure and wars.
The main findings of the Global Peace Index are:
1. Peace is correlated to indicators such as income, schooling and the level of regional integration
2. Peaceful countries often shared high levels of transparency of government and low corruption
3. Small, stable countries which are part of regional blocks are most likely to get a higher ranking.
- Global Peace Index 2015