For the last two years, former NPCA President Chic Dambach has headed up the Alliance for Peacebuilding (AfP), a coalition of diverse organizations working together to build sustainable peace and security worldwide. This week, AfP collaborated with partners in releasing a second annual report on the level of peace in 140 countries around the world.
The Global Peace Index (GPI) seeks to measure peace in a nonbiased and nonpartisan way. Founded two years ago by Steve Killelea, an Australian technology entrepreneur and philanthropist, and maintained by The Economist, it uses 24 qualitative and quantitative indicators, measuring internal and external factors, to define the peace index of a country. The GPI then uses the results from this data to determine what other factors correspond with high or low levels of peace. As might be expected, countries at the top of the list have well-functioning governments, low violence, low corruption, high education levels and friendly relations with their neighbors.
What might not be expected is the GPI ranking for the United States. Click here to learn more about the GPI for the U.S., Peace Corps countries of service and other nations around the world.