In 2015, the Global Peace Index had the most media coverage to date, with news articles appearing in over 75 countries and reaching over 1 billion people. Here’s a selection of the headlines.
BBC - Conflicts around the world cost $14.3tn last year, 13% of world GDP
CNN - In search of peace? Maybe it's time to move to Iceland
The Guardian - Fighting in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan had wreaked havoc on economies and helped push the level of peace in the world to its lowest since 2008
Forbes – The Most And Least Peaceful Countries Worldwide
The Atlantic - The Inequality of Peace: The gap between countries at peace and war is widening
Bloomberg – The world hasn’t had So many refugees since 1945
Cristian Science Monitor - Where in the world is peace? A closer look at the four most improved countries
Reuters - The divide between most and least peaceful regions has deepened, with many Middle Eastern and African countries sinking further into violence
CityLab - A global geography of peace (and violence)
El País - México, más violento que hace un año
NZ Herald - New Zealanders live in world's 4th safest nation
The Diplomat - South China Sea a 'potential area for conflict'
Jakarta Post - Peace in Indonesia most improved in Asia-Pacific
North Africa Post - MENA most violent region in the world
The Cairo Post - Egypt records 3rd best peace improvement in 2015: Global Peace Index
Colombia Reports - Violence has cost Colombia $113.7B: Global Peace Index
Cambodia Daily - Cambodia’s ranking drops in Peace Index but score goes up
The Manila Times - The tense situation in the West Philippine Sea and the infamous Masasapano incident has contributed to drop in the Philippines’ Global Peace Index ranking.
Is the world becoming more peaceful, or are there darker days ahead? What are the main factors that build peace and what can we do to prevent violence in the future?
The 2015 Global Peace Index shows that the world is becoming increasingly divided with some countries enjoying unprecedented levels of peace and prosperity while others spiral further into violence and conflict.
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