Qatar ranked 29th out of 163 countries in the recent Global Peace Index report, maintaining its ranking as the most peaceful country in the MENA region followed by Kuwait (36th) and United Arab Emirates (52nd). Qatar ranked 27th globally in the Global Peace Index for the year 2020.
According to the report, the average level of global country peacefulness has deteriorated by 0.07 percent. This is the ninth deterioration in the last 13 years. 87 countries became more peaceful while 73 countries deteriorated. Improvements were driven by changes in ongoing conflict, internal conflict, and terrorism impact.
Iceland is the most peaceful country in the world while Ukraine and Iraq had the largest improvement. The Middle East and North Africa had the largest regional improvement however, it remains the least peaceful region. Europe remains the most peaceful region, despite a deterioration in political instability, mainly because of improvements in terrorism.
Afghanistan remains the world’s least peaceful nation however, it recorded a small increase in peacefulness. Burkina Faso and Belarus recorded the largest deteriorations. North America had the largest regional deterioration, owing to increases in violent demonstrations. Six of the nine GPI regions recorded deteriorations.
The Global Peace Index is a composite index measuring the peacefulness of countries made up of 23 quantitative and qualitative indicators each weighted on a scale of 1-5. The lower the score the more peaceful the country.
Source and cover image credit: Vision of Humanity/ Institute of Economics and Peace
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