Since we first started measuring peace back in 2007, the world has become slightly less peaceful each year over the last seven years, according to the Global Peace Index. This is not being felt evenly and the nature of violence and conflict is changing; trends in peace show that there has been a decline in hostility between countries and a rise in the number and intensity of internal conflicts.
Since 2008, 111 countries have become less peaceful, while only 51 have become more peaceful.
The decline in peace is mainly due to poor performance on indicators that measure the level of safety and security in society. The indicators on the Global Peace Index that deteriorated the most over the last seven years are: levels of terrorist activity, the homicide rate, the likelihood of violent demonstrations, levels of organised conflict, perceptions of criminality and both weapons imports and exports.
For more on indicator changes and to discover why the world is becoming less peaceful, check out section 2 of the 2014 Global Peace Index Report and skip to page 41.Related Articles
The 2014 Global Peace Index analyses the state of peace around the world. It identifies the most and least peaceful countries, trends in violence and conflict, and calculates the economic impact of violence. This year the report includes a section on countries at risk of becoming less peaceful in the new two years.
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