Thursday, June 9, 2016

Most peaceful countries

Many people believe that the world is more dangerous compared to the past. It is quite natural to seek for safer place to live. Recenly, the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP) published the ranking of peacefulness in each nation.

According to IEP, there are only ten countries in the world which are not involved in internal or external conflict. They are: Botswana, Chile, Costa Rica, Japan, Mauritius, Panama, Qatar, Switzerland, Uruguay and Vietnam.

Independent: Global Peace Index 2016: There are now only 10 countries in the world that are actually free from conflict

Indeed, the US, Russia, and other major nations are participating in several conflicts. On the other hand, it is no doubt that Japan is free from international conflicts, even though North Korea and China are in tense relationship with Japan.

The situation of the Middle East is getting worse in recent years. The report suggests that this problem is influential on several relevant countries.

On the other hand, Global Peace Index (GPI), established by IEP, suggests that Iceland is considered as the most peaceful countries in the world. GPI is calculated from several factors such as murder levels, perceptions of criminality, terrorism and military expenditure.

Independent: Global Peace Index: Syria named world's most dangerous country in latest research on international levels of peace and violence

According to this method, some European countries are ranked as highly peaceful regions. However, the conflict in the Middle East can easily inflict damage on European countries, like suicidal attacks occurred in Paris last year.

My past entry: Carnage at the Bataclan etc. in Paris

Also in this topic, Japan seems relatively safe from terrorisms because it is difficult for terrorists to overcome the Japan border. But what will happen in the near future? Nobody knows. Also in this article, the way of preventing wars has not been clarified, although peaceful countries have become more peaceful in this year.

After all, it should be argued whether the world is getting better. Nowadays, it is difficult for a certain country to maintain its peace alone. In my opinion, today's world is far safer than in the past, at least in some areas. We should proceed, nonetheless.

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