By Ani Paitjan
Armenia has been ranked as more peaceful than it was one year ago, according to the Global Peace Index 2019 (GPI).
Armenia is ranked 118th among 163 countries in the 2019 index of Societal Safety and Security domain, most peaceful to least. In 2018, the country was ranked 120th.
GPI defines “peace” as the level of societal safety and security, the extent of ongoing domestic and international conflict and the degree of militarization of a country.
Neighboring Georgia is ranked as more peaceful than Armenia, taking 99th place. Other neighbouring countries face a lower ranking. Azerbaijan ranks at 130, Turkey takes 152nd place and Russia 154th.
The world at large remains considerably less peaceful now than a decade ago, with the average level of peacefulness deteriorating by 3.78 percent since 2008.
While most of Russia and Eurasia remain less peaceful than the global average, the region showed the largest improvement, according to the report. The region performs best in “militarization” and had the largest improvement in “ongoing conflict”, based on improvements in indicators of internal conflict.
The Global Peace Index covers 99.7 percent of the world’s population.
This is the 13th edition of the GPI. It is an index produced by the Australian Institute for Economics and Peace, which is the world’s leading think tank dedicated to developing metrics to analyse peace and to quantify its economic value.