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Thursday, June 19, 2008

The Global Peace Index


Via the Strategist/ Map via visionofhumanity.org

In terms of ranking the US fell in at 97, with 140 being Iraq. Oddly Mexico outranked the US in terms of peace, coming in at 93.
Perhaps we need a revision of the term "war." In reading the methodology of this I suspect the US ranked behind Mexico only because of it's two on going wars. Contrary to the "law enforcement" issues that Mexico is currently embroiled with. Or maybe I'm a big, defensive American crybaby.

3 comments:

Dave Schuler said...

The map is odd. Britain and Australia are at war in both Afghanistan and Iraq, too. Yet their level of peace is rated very high and ours low. Curious.

Dan tdaxp said...

I haven't read the article, but my first year at Nebraska I did a similar project. Essentially, I determined how many wars countries were in, and then contrasted it with Core/Gap stuff. It worked pretty well, but the US was a huge outlier.

Obviously buying two wars in distant countries affects a country and a people a lot less than fighting one in the homeland.

subadei said...

Dave, certainly our level of involvement is decidedly greater. But, as Dan states, a country with, in effect, a civil war at hand would seems to be a bit more discordant.