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Iran Ranks 104 out of 149 in Global Peace Index 2010 Print E-mail


global-peace-index-2010-iThe results of the Global Peace Index (GPI) for 2010 suggest that the world has become slightly less peaceful in the past year.

The GPI, which gauges ongoing domestic and international conflict, safety and security in society and militarization in 149 countries, registered overall increases in several indicators, including the likelihood of violent demonstrations and perceptions of criminality. In some nations, an intensification of conflicts and growing instability appears to be linked to the global economic downturn in late 2008 and early 2009.

This is the fourth edition of the Global Peace Index (GPI). It has been expanded to rank 149 independent states and updated with the latest-available figures and information for 2008-09. The index is composed of 23 qualitative and quantitative indicators from respected sources, which combine internal and external factors ranging from a nation’s level of military expenditure to its relations with neighboring countries and the level of respect for human rights.

Global peace index 2010 world map

Global peace index 2010 world map

The average score for the countries surveyed in the 2010 GPI is 2.02 (based on a 1-5 scale), a slight rise (less at peace) compared with last year, when the average stood at 1.964.

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The UN defined a culture of peace as involving values, attitudes and behaviors that:

• Reject violence

• Endeavor to prevent conflicts by addressing root causes

• Aim at solving problems through dialogue and negotiation

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Measures of ongoing domestic and international conflict

• Number of external and internal conflicts fought: 2003-08

• Estimated number of deaths from organized conflict (external)

• Number of deaths from organized conflict (internal)

• Level of organized conflict (internal)

• Relations with neighboring countries

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Measures of societal safety and security

• Perceptions of criminality in society

• Number of refugees and displaced people as a percentage of the population

• Political instability

• Level of respect for human rights (Political Terror Scale)

• Potential for terrorist acts

• Number of homicides per 100,000 people

• Level of violent crime

• Likelihood of violent demonstrations

• Number of jailed population per 100,000 people

• Number of internal security officers and police per 100,000 people

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Measures of militarization

• Military expenditure as a percentage of GDP

• Number of armed services personnel per 100,000 people

• Volume of transfers (imports) of major conventional weapons per 100,000 people

• Volume of transfers (exports) of major conventional weapons per 100,000 people

• Budget support for UN peacekeeping missions: percentage of outstanding payments versus annual assessment to the budget of the current peacekeeping missions

• Aggregate number of heavy weapons per 100,000 people

• Ease of access to small arms and light weapons

• Military capability/sophistication

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Weighting the index

1) a measure of how at peace internally a country is;

2) a measure of how at peace externally a country is (its state of peace beyond its borders).

Selected Countries and their 2010 Global Peace Index
1New Zealand1.188
2Iceland1.212
3Japan1.247
6Ireland1.337
14Canada1.392
15Qatar1.394
14Germany1.398
18Switzerland1.424
   
31United Kingdom1.631
32France1.636
38 Vietnam1.691
44United Arab Emirates1.739
49Egypt1.784
68Jordan1.948
80China2.034
83

Brazil2.048
85United States of America2.056
104 Iran2.202
107 Saudi Arabia2.216
107Mexico2.216
115Syria2.274
119Azerbaijan2.367
   
122Venezuela2.387
126Turkey2.420
128India2.516
129Yemen2.573
134Lebanon2.639
139North Korea2.855
142Georgia2.970
143Russia3.013
144Israel3.019
145Pakistan3.050
146
Sudan3.125
147Afghanistan3.252
149Iraq3.406

Comparison of Iran, Israel, Iraq and India

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A lower score indicates a more peaceful country

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Peace, Wealth and Human Potential

The word “Peace” can be seen as a proxy for describing an inter-related set of structures. These structures and attitudes are:

• Well-functioning government

• Sound business environment

• Respectful of human rights and tolerance

• Good relations with neighbouring states

• High levels of freedom of information

• The acceptance of others

• High participation rates in primary and secondary education

• Low levels of corruption

• Equitable sharing of resources

Source:

Vision of Humanity

2010 GPI Results Report in PDF

2010 GPI Discussion Paper in PDF

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