2017 Global Peace Index: U.S. Drops 11th Spaces to the 114th Least Peaceful Country, While the World Overall is Slightly More Peaceful

By: David J. Smith, June 1, 2017

This year’s Global Peace Index  published by the Institute for Economics and Peace has been released.  Since 2007, IEP has ranked the relative peacefulness of 163 countries covering over 99% of the world’s population.  Major findings  in 2017 include:

  • The world slightly improved in peace last year but has become less peaceful over the last decade
  • There has been a decline in militarisation over the past three decades
  • Globally, the economic impact of violence on the economy is enormous
  • Current peacebuilding spending focused on building peace is well below the optimal level
  • Falls in Positive Peace make countries susceptible to populist political movements

For Americans, a troubling sign is that the U.S. fell 11th spaces in the 2017 results. As reported in Bloomberg News (6/1): “We’ve seen a political fracture in the U.S. that isn’t a reflection of the election of President Donald Trump, but is represented by both sides of the political divide seeing the other as a danger to the nation,” Steve Killelea, the IEP’s founder, said in an interview.

For the full report, click below

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Published by David J. Smith

I am a career coach, consultant, and head of a not for profit - the Forage Center - that offers humanitarian education training. I also teach at George Mason University and Drexel University. A one time lawyer, I spent many years teaching in a community college where I was a Fulbright U.S. Scholar teaching in Estonia. I'm the author of Peace Jobs: A Student's Guide to Starting a Career Working for Peace (IAP 2016). I've been married to my best friend for over 31 years and we have two well adjusted adult children who teach me something new everyday. I live in Rockville, Maryland.

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