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Appendix 2B. The Global Peace Index 2010


I. Introduction

II. Highlights and changes

III. Methodology and data sources

IV. Investigating the set of potential determinants

Table 2B.1. The Global Peace Index 2010

Table 2B.2. Countries with the greatest change in Global Peace Index score, 2009–10

Table 2B.3. Measures of ongoing domestic and international conflict

Table 2B.4. Measures of societal safety and security

Table 2B.5. Measures of militarization

Table 2B.6. Correlation between the Global Peace Index 2010 and the indicators of peace and its possible determinants


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The Global Peace Index (GPI) seeks to determine what cultural attributes and institutions are associated with states of peace. It ranks 149 countries by their relative states of peace using 23 indicators.


The most and least peaceful states, 2010

Rank Country Score   Rank Country Score
1   New Zealand   1.188   145  Pakistan 3.050
2   Iceland 1.212   146  Sudan 3.125
3   Japan 1.247   147  Afghanistan 3.252
4   Austria 1.290   148 Somalia 3.390
5   Norway 1.322   149  Iraq 3.406


Small, stable and democratic countries are consistently ranked highly. Island states also generally fare well.


Tim Macintyre (Australia) is Head of Global Research at the Institute for Economics and Peace, which produces the Global Peace Index.


Camilla Schippa (Italy) is a Director of the Institute for Economics and Peace, where she manages the development of the Global Peace Index as well as the research carried out internationally on and around the index.