The Global Peace Index 2017

The Global Peace Index 2017.

Violence in the Middle East increased last year, while the rest of the world largely got safer, underscoring a “global inequality in peace,” according to an annual study. The economic cost of violence in 2015 was $13.6 trillion, or 13.3 percent of world gross domestic product, according to the Institute for Economics and Peace’s Global Peace Index. That’s 11 times the size of global foreign investment. “Whether it’s terrorism, war casualties or refugees, the nexus is in the Middle East. If you take the Middle East out of the equation, the world has become more peaceful,” Steve Killelea, the institute’s founder. Terrorism is also at an all-time high, battle deaths from conflict are at a 25-year high, and the number of refugees and displaced people are at a level not seen in 60 years. Notably, the sources for these three dynamics are intertwined and driven by a small number of countries, according to the report. The index is based on 23 indicators that cover the level of safety in society, the extent of involvement in conflict and the degree of militarisation.

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