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The Complicated Task of Measuring the World’s Most Peaceful Countries

The Washington Post, August 2014

Peace is complicated, it seems. But there are some glimmers of hope — the Institute for Economics and Peace notes that while its own report has found an increase in conflict since 2007, the broader trend seems to show the world has been getting more peaceful since the end of World War II.


World peace? These are the only 11 countries in the world that are actually free from conflict The Independent, August 2014

Assessing two of the Global Peace Index indicators on conflict.


The world is becoming less peaceful News.com.au, August 2014

Australia’s largest digital news site assesses the 2014 Global Peace Index


Harnessing rising powers for leading role in humanitarian and peace keeping operations The Conversation, August 2014

Assessing the contribution to peacekeeping from the rising powers.


Syria v Libya V Iraq The Economist, June 2013

A numerical evaluation of recent conflict.


For peace and stability, the US ranks last Forbes, June 2013

Here’s a look at the most peaceful and the least peaceful in certain parts of the world.


Fear and Loathing The Economist, December 2012

Of the 158 countries IEP cover in their inaugural global terrorism index, only 31 have had no attacks in the ten years to 2011.


Terrorism Trends Reuters, December 2012

Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan, India and Yemen were the five countries most affected by terrorism in descending order.


The Rising Cost of Terrorism CNBC, December 2012

Steve Killelea, founder of the Institute for Economics and Peace, talks to CNBC about the countries most affected by terrorism in 2011 and whether the rate is likely to fall or stay the same.


Terror attacks levelled out BBC World News, December 2012

A study into international terrorism over the past decade says the number of attacks has levelled out since 2007.


The Business of Peace Carnegie Council Interview, July 2012

Steve Killelea, Founder of IEP, is interviewed about the business of peace by the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs.


Give Peace a Score Card The Economist, June 2012

Quantifying peace is a bit like trying to describe how happiness smells: people generally recognise it when they come across it, which rules out the need for further examination.


Global Peace Index 2012: the Full List The Guardian, June 2012

Austerity-driven defence cuts creating gains in several indicators of militarisation and improvements in the Political Terror Scale have lead to changes in the annual rankings.


Interview with Steve Killelea, Founder of the IEP CNBC Interview

Austerity-driven defence cuts creating gains in several indicators of militarisation and improvements in the Political Terror Scale have lead to changes in the annual rankings.


Where are America’s Most Peaceful Places? TIME Magazine, April 2012

Homicide and violent crime rates in the U.S. have decreased over the last two decades, but keeping the peace still costs taxpayers plenty … that is, unless you’re from Maine


Spread a little peace of Maine The Economist, April 2012

Maine is the “most peaceful” state in America according to the latest peace index by the Institute for Economics and Peace, a research outfit.


New Study Shows Violence Costing America Over $460 Billion Huffington Post, April 2012

It may come as a surprise but over the past 20 years, America has become substantially more peaceful, witnessing a significant and sustained reduction in direct violence.


The Consequences of War on the U.S. Economy Business Insider, February 2012

Joshua Brown, New York based investment advisor,  reviews the IEP’s latest report on the macroeconomic effects of U.S. government spending on wars and the military since World War II.


Measuring the cost of violence

The Philadelphia Inquirer, January 12 2012

A peace dividend is possible primarily through policies that prioritize equal opportunity, health, education, and poverty alleviation.


All we are saying is, give a thorough cost-benefit analysis a chance

The Boston Globe, January 01 2012

Peace is linked to opportunity, health, education, and the economy, and states that rank higher on these social and economic factors tend to have higher scores in peace.


Eight ingredients for a peaceful society

Christian Science Monitor, December 2011

IEP’s most recent report, Structures of Peace, identifies and analyses eight key factors that are associated with peaceful societies.


A peace dividend we should all want

The Hill, December 2011

America’s tendency is to pursue policies that react primarily to violence, not aim to prevent it. As a result America less economically prosperous.


Top policy innovations of 2011

Politico, December 2011

Recognizing that violence creates costs for businesses and governments and reduces overall economic productivity, the USPI highlights the economic impact improvements in peace can have.


What River Phoenix and $38 Trillion Can Teach Us About Peace

Huffington Post, December 2011

Joaquin Phoenix and Dot Maver reflect on organisations that have contributed to a more peaceful world in 2011; the IEP’s Global Peace Index is one of them.


Edition 102 of the Monocle Weekly

Monocle Weekly podcast, November 2011

Clyde McConaghy, Board Director of the IEP is interviewed on the Monocle Weekly talking on the findings of the 2011 Global Peace Index.


On UN Day of Peace: How peaceful is the world?

Huffington Post, September 2011

Conflict Analyst Michael Shank takes stock on the global community’s ability to keep the peace and showcases the findings of the 2011 Global Peace Index.


The Ten Most Peaceful Countries Don’t Include US

Forbes Magazine, August 10, 2011

Business, as the greatest beneficiary of peaceful internal and external trade relations, should be among the most prominent supporters of nonviolent dispute resolution.


The Geography of Peace

The Atlantic, June 2011

Richard Florida analyses the factors that shape the relative peacefulness of nations based on the 2011 Global Peace Index findings.


One-to-one with the man behind the global peace index

Platform Blog, June 2011

The Platform hosts an interview with Steve Killelea on the key findings of the 2011 Global Peace Index and asks why the world is less peaceful for the third year running.


World’s Most Peaceful Countries: 2011 Global Peace Index

Huffington Post, May 2011

The Huffington Post showcases images of a selection of countries and their rank on the 2011 Global Peace Index.


India a dangerous place to live in

The Times of India, May 2011 India fell 7 place on the 2011 Global Peace Index to rank 135th, among the 20 least peaceful nations.


Bahrain falls 51 places in Global Peace Index 2011 on unrest

Bahrain Centre for Human Rights, May 2011

Bahrain had the second most significant fall in rankings (behind Libya) on the 2011 GPi; this reflects a key message of the 2011 findings, conflict between citizens and governments has made the world less peaceful.


Maine among ‘most peaceful’ states in U.S.

Washington Times, April 2011

The US Peace Index (USPI), ranking states according to their peacefulness, found Maine is the most peaceful state, while Louisiana is the least.


US Peace Ranking shows billions in budget savings

Huffington Post, April 2011

Rep. Mike Honda writes an Op Ed on the US Peace Index findings and the economic cost of non-peaceful states.


New faculty network to examine links between economics and peace

Kogod News, February 2011

The first meeting of the Economics and Peace Faculty Network, a consortium of scholars, held at the Kogod School of Business promises an exciting future of research in peace and human development.


Global index finds world has become less peaceful

The Guardian, June 2011

The 2010 GPi found less armed conflict in the world, but an increase in rates of homicide and violent crime.


Ghana ranks 48 in the Global Peace Index

Ghana Business News, June 2010

The 2010 GPI saw Sub-Saharan Africa as the least peaceful region; Ghana ranked 3rd most peaceful in the region.


How Peaceful Is Your Country

Bloomberg, July 2009

Good governance has been identified as a key driver of peace; the GPi encourages findings to be reflected in public policy and objectives.


South Africa falls fifteen places on peace index

South African Independent, June 2009

2009 saw levels of peace decline severely in South Africa; key reasons for this include an increase in the level of violent crime, ease of access to weapons and respect for human rights.


New Zealand tops Global Peace Index

ABC Radio, June 2009

New Zealand topped the 2009 GPi; overall findings in 2009 showed the economic crisis took its toll on worldwide levels of peacefulness.


Norway rated the most peaceful nation

The BBC, May 2007

In 2007 Norway topped the Global Peace Index, closely followed by neighbour Denmark ranked 3rd; Iraq was ranked the least peaceful nation.


Global Peace Index

The Economist, August 2007

Countries in Western Europe topped the 2007 GPI, with most countries in the region ranking within the top 20.


 

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