The 2012 Global Peace Index (GPI) is the 6th edition of the world’s leading study on global levels of peacefulness. The GPI ranks 158 nations using 23 qualitative and quantitative indicators from highly respected sources, which gauge three broad themes: the level of safety and security in society; the extent of domestic or international conflict; and the degree of militarisation. Among the main findings are the following:
- The world has become more peaceful.
- Sub-Saharan Africa’s levels of peacefulness have increased steadily since 2007.
- Somalia remains the world’s least peaceful nation.
The top 5 risers are Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe, Bhutan, Guyana, and the Phlippines. The top 5 fallers are Syria, Egypt, Tunisia, Oman, and Malawi.