Building Peace is More Difficult Than Destroying It

Countries with higher levels of Positive Peace not only have a reduced number of grievances that arise, they also have the ability to resolve emerging disagreements without the use of violence.

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The 5 Countries that Improved Most in Peace

Four out of the five countries included are from sub-Saharan Africa. For 11 years, at least one sub-Saharan African country has been included in this list.

The world is less peaceful today than at any time in the last decade.

Measuring peace in a complex world: The world is less peaceful today than at any time in the last decade.

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Peacefulness in Africa deteriorates to worst level in almost a decade

More than half of all countries in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) saw their level of peacefulness deteriorate in 2017. Out of the five countries with the largest deteriorations worldwide, four were in SSA.

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