DR mid-ranked in Global Peace Index
The Dominican Republic is ranked 99th on a list of 163 countries in the 10th edition of the Global Peace Index (GPI). The index shows an improvement for Latin America in general, with a reduction in the tensions and internal instability in some countries.
The list is prepared by the Institute for Economy and Peace (IEP). It takes into account factors such as national and international conflicts, safety within the society or militarization within the 163 countries.
The IEP is an independent, non-partisan, non-profit think tank dedicated to shifting the world’s focus to peace as a positive, achievable, and tangible measure of human wellbeing and progress. IEP achieves its goals by developing new conceptual frameworks to define peacefulness; providing metrics for measuring peace; and uncovering the relationships between business, peace and prosperity as well as promoting a better understanding of the cultural, economic and political factors that create peace.
The 2016 Global Peace Index (GPI) shows the world became less peaceful in the last year, reinforcing the underlying trend of declining peace over the last decade. Results also show a growing global inequality in peace, with the most peaceful countries continuing to improve while the least peaceful are falling into greater violence and conflict. The terrorism impact indicator had the greatest overall deterioration, with all but two regions in the world recording an increase over the past decade.
Nevertheless, in the case of Latin America, the index detected some improvement regarding safety in Central America and the Caribbean with Costa Rica ranked 33rd as the regional country with the best position because of its low levels of militarization.
The report indicates that the biggest improvements in peacefulness occurred in the Central America and Caribbean region, with an average improvement of two per cent.
Also, South America showed advances in their overall points since 2015, due to the lower levels of international conflict and militarization located in that region. Nonetheless the index found significant social agitation in countries such as Venezuela, ranked 143rd, as well as Brazil at 105, due to political instability that has increased months before the beginning of the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro this summer. The most peaceful South American country is once again Chile, in 27th place, closely followed by Uruguay in 35th and Panama in 49th respectively.
In the Caribbean, Trinidad & Tobago is ranked 84th and Cuba is ranked 85th. Interestingly, Haiti is ranked 89th compared to the Dominican Republic’s 99th, while Jamaica is 92nd.
In Central America Honduras and El Salvador is 111th, Guatemala 117th, Mexico 140th and Colombia 147th.
June 10, 2016
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