Chile is known to be one of South America’s most peaceful and prosperous countries; it ranks 31st out of 162 countries on the Global Peace Index (GPI).
According to the GPI, Chile is the second most peaceful country in South America after Uruguay. Although it has faced many challenges over the last decade, Chile has remained resilient to a platitude of external shocks, including the tragic earthquake and Tsunami in 2010 that claimed over 500 lives.
Resilience and peace are interlinked and mutually reinforcing. A recent research report by the Institute for Economics and Peace identifies 8 key “Pillars” that underpin peaceful societies. Known as the “Pillars of Peace”, these 8 factors describe the attitudes, structures and institutions that allow a country to be peaceful. Countries that have strong “Pillars of Peace” tend to be more resilient to external shocks, such as natural disasters.
Being resilient means that a society has an ability to absorb stress, adapt and repair. As challenges to sustainability increase, the resilience of societies is becoming every more critical, as it determines how we can pull together in times of crisis.
Of all the countries in South America, Chile has the strongest Pillars of Peace, performing particularly well in the domains of “equitable distribution of resources” and “free flow of information”.
While natural disasters are always dangerous and can trigger unprecedented responses, in the case of Chile we are pleased to see that strong Pillars of Peace enable a more resilient society.Related Articles
Our latest research report, the Pillars of Peace, explores the attitudes and institutions that underpin peaceful societies.
Vision of Humanity is an initiative of the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP). IEP have offices in New York and Sydney. For more specific inquiries related to the peace indexes and research, please contact IEP directly.