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2010 Data Release: What's Different?
The Least Peaceful Countries In Asia 2010 - full list
Who Decides The Global Peace Index Scores?
2010 Global Peace Index Panel Of Experts
Methodology Used To Compile Global Peace Index
2010 Global Peace Index Indicators
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Data released by The Institute for Economics and Peace - June.10.2010 - Next data release June.2011
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This list, also known as the Global Peace Index (GPI), was organised by The Institute for Economics and Peace, "an independent not-for-profit research institute dedicated to developing the inter-relationships between business, peace and economic development". Both the GPI, and The Institute for Economics and Peace, were founded, and driven, by Australian businessman Steve Killelea. The 2010 GPI measures the level of internal and external peace for 149 nations, and it is endorsed by the likes of Kofi Annan, the Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu, and many more well-known political figures, and international organisations. The index is put together by The Economist Intelligence Unit and a panel of experts.

2010 Global Data Release: What's Different?

Five brand new additions to the 2010 GPI list, bring the total number of nations included to 149, which encompasses 99% of the World's population. Armenia, Gambia, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Swaziland all made their debuts, but it is the usual protagonists which top the chart. Iraq & Afghanistan remain some of the least people-friendly nations to live in, whilst Somalia and Sudan are equally tense places for those who reside there. The order of the overall top 10 may have changed, but the entire 2009 top 10, also make up this years top 10.

The Least Peaceful Countries In Asia 2010
Country World Rank Global Peace Index Score [1]
1 Iraq 1 3.406
2 Afghanistan 3 3.252
3 Pakistan 5 3.050
4 Israel 6 3.019
5 Russia 7 3.013
6 Georgia 8 2.970
7 North Korea 11 2.855
8 Lebanon 16 2.639
9 Sri Lanka 17 2.621
10 Burma 18 2.580
11 Philippines 20 2.574
12 Yemen 21 2.573
13 India 22 2.516
14 Turkey 24 2.420
15 Thailand 26 2.393
16 Azerbaijan 31 2.367
17 Turkmenistan 33 2.295
18 Syria 35 2.274
19 Armenia 37 2.266
20 Cambodia 39 2.252
21 Uzbekistan 40 2.242
22 Saudi Arabia 43 2.216
23 Iran 46 2.202
24 Kazakhstan 54 2.113
25 Mongolia 58 2.101
26 Bangladesh 63 2.058
27 Nepal 68 2.044
28 China 70 2.034
29 Cyprus, Republic of 74 2.013
30 Bahrain 80 1.956
31 Jordan 81 1.948
32 Indonesia 83 1.946
33 United Arab Emirates 106 1.739
34 South Korea 107 1.715
35 Kuwait 111 1.693
36 Vietnam 112 1.691
37 Bhutan 114 1.665
38 Taiwan 115 1.664
39 Laos 116 1.661
40 Singapore 120 1.624
41 Oman 127 1.561
42 Malaysia 128 1.539
43 Qatar 135 1.394
44 Japan 147 1.247
Who Decides The GPI Scores?

While the Global Peace Index (GPI) is organised by The Institute for Economics & Peace, the data is gathered by a company called The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU); a private research company owned by The Economist newspaper. The EIU, along with some additional academics and experts in the field of peace (the GPI 'Panel of Experts'), is tasked with collating the data and statistics, which comes from a variety of Government's and non-governmental NGO's, and with awarding the correct scores to each of the 144 countries which are listed.

2010 Global Peace Index Panel Of Experts
Professor Kevin P. Clements
(Chairperson)
Foundation Chair of Peace and Conflict Studies and Director, National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Otago, New Zealand
Dr Ian Anthony Research Coordinator and Leader of the Arms Control and Non-proliferation Programme, Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), Sweden
Professor Sultan Barakat Director, Post-war Reconstruction and Development Unit (PRDU) Department of Politics, University of York, United Kingdom
Nick Grono Deputy President, International Crisis Group (ICG), Belgium
Dr Ronald J. Horvath Honorary Associate, School of Geosciences, University of Sydney, Australia
Dr Toshiya Hoshino Professor, Osaka School of International Public Policy, Osaka University, Japan
Dr Manuela Mesa Director, Center for Education and Peace Research (CEIPAZ) and President, Spanish Association for Peace Research (AIPAZ), Spain
Methodology Used To Compile GPI List

The Global Peace Index (GPI) is a numerical measure of how at peace a country is with itself, and with other countries. The overall GPI score is derived from measuring a set of 23 primary indicators in three key areas; (1) measures of ongoing domestic and international conflict, (2) measures of safety and security in society and (3) measures of militarization. 60% of the overall score is derived from a nations 'internal peace', and 40% from it's 'external peace'.

But, this list of indicators is by no means exhaustive, because it is only comprised of data that is both available across the listed countries from sources which are considered 'credible' by the EIU & GPI expert panel, and are considered comparable and consistent in measurement. You can view the latest Global Peace Index chart here. Check the left menu, it includes a full list of primary indicators and related indicators, with information about them all.

The 2010 Global Peace Index Indicators
The 23 primary indicators which were used to compile the Global Peace Index 2010.
PERCEIVED CRIMINALITY IN SOCIETY
SECURITY OFFICERS & POLICE
NUMBER OF HOMICIDES
JAILED POPULATION
ACCESS TO WEAPONS
LEVEL OF ORGANIZED CONFLICT
VIOLENT DEMONSTRATIONS
LEVEL OF VIOLENT CRIME
POLITICAL INSTABILITY
DISRESPECT FOR HUMAN RIGHTS
WEAPONS IMPORTS
POTENTIAL FOR TERRIORIST ACTS
DEATHS FROM CONFLICT (INTERNAL)
MILITARY EXPENDITURE
ARMED SERVICES PERSONNEL
UN PEACEKEEPING FUNDING
NUMBER OF HEAVY WEAPONS
WEAPONS EXPORTS
MILITARY CAPABILITY/SOPHISTICATION
NUMBER OF DISPLACED PEOPLE
NEIGHBOURING COUNTRY RELATIONS
NUMBER OF CONFLICTS FOUGHT
DEATHS FROM CONFLICT (EXTERNAL)
 
Related indicators which the Global Peace Index 2010 was tested against, to identify the drivers of peace. They include levels of democracy, transparency and education.
ELECTORAL PROCESS
FUNCTIONING OF GOVERNMENT
POLITICAL PARTICIPATION
POLITICAL CULTURE
CIVIL LIBERTIES
CORRUPTION PERCEPTIONS
WOMEN IN PARLIAMENT
POLITICAL DEMOCRACY INDEX
GENDER INEQUALITY
FREEDOM OF THE PRESS
EXPORTS + IMPORTS
FOREIGN DIRECT INVESTMENT
NUMBER OF VISITORS
NET MIGRATION
YOUTH BULGE
GENDER RATIO OF POPULATION
REGIONAL INTEGRATION
EDUCATION SPENDING
PRIMARY SCHOOL ENROLMENT
SECONDARY SCHOOL ENROLMENT
HIGHER EDUCATION ENROLMENT
MEAN YEARS OF SCHOOLING
ADULT LITERACY RATE
HOSTILITY TO FOREIGNERS
WILLINGNESS TO FIGHT
NOMINAL GDP (US$PPP BN)
NOMINAL GDP (US$BN
GDP PER CAPITA
GINI-COEFFICIENT
UNEMPLOYMENT
LIFE EXPECTANCY
INFANT MORTALITY
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Multilateral Arms Embargoes In Oceania
References
[1] These are the 2010 Global Peace Index scores.
[2] Get the full list of the 2010 Global peace Index Panel of Experts on the Visions of Humanity website.
[3] Get a full list of the 23 Primary Indicators, and the Related Indicators from page 49 of the 2010 Gloabl Peace Index METHODOLOGY, RESULTS & FINDINGS report (PDF / 63 pages). It also includes further analysis, and an executive summary.
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