Qatar ranked the most peaceful country in MENA region: report
Securing the 31st position internationally, in the latest GPI, Qatar has ranked 25 places higher than last year, leaving behind other Gulf countries including Kuwait, which stands at 43, the UAE which is at 53 and Oman at 69.
The index ranks 163 countries according to their level of peacefulness, by means of 23 different qualitative and quantitative indicators.
The GPI report is created by the Institute for Economic and Peace and developed in consultation with international peace experts, institutes and think tanks. It analyzes countries on the absence of violence or fear of violence in three categories: safety and security, ongoing conflict, and militarization, according to Gulf Times.
GPI 2019 for Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region
Qatar has enjoyed the top ranking in the MENA region earlier between 2009 and 2017.
According to the GPI 2019, Qatar represents the third largest improvement in the region with regard to the change in score.
The UAE dropped 8 points in the new assessment year while Saudi Arabia retained its position at 129 as of last year. Bahrain was ranked 124 and Egypt 136.
In the Societal Safety and Security domain, Qatar was ranked the 20th best in the world and the best in the region.
Across the globe, there seems to be improvement in safety and security as indicated by the report. At least 85 countries present gains with 74 deteriorating.
The largest improvement reflects in the Political Terror Scale indicator, with improvements in 41 countries and deterioration in 27.
Every region in the world, except South America, showed improvement or no change on this indicator, with the largest improvements occurring in Costa Rica, Guinea-Bissau, Qatar, Somalia and The Gambia.
Global peacefulness has improved for the first time in five years, but the world continues to be less peaceful than a decade ago, the survey reveals.
For the first time in the last five years, the average level of global peacefulness improved very slightly. The average country score improved by -0.09 percent.
Iceland retains its top position as the most peaceful country in the world, a position it has held since 2008.
It is joined at the top of the index by New Zealand, Austria, Portugal, and Denmark. Bhutan has recorded the largest improvement of any country in the top 20, rising 43 places in the last 12 years.
Afghanistan has been ranked as the least peaceful country in the world, replacing Syria, which is now the second least peaceful. South Sudan, Yemen, and Iraq comprise the remaining five least peaceful countries.
This is the first year since the inception of the index that Yemen has been ranked amongst the five least peaceful countries.
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