Faith Bottum

Global Peace Index Makes Marginal Gain

93 countries have become more peaceful, 68 deteriorating due to war, violence, terrorism

An aerial view shows the Bab al-Salama camp, set up outside the Syrian city of Azaz on Syria's northern border with TurkeySixty-eight countries in the world are deteriorating from war, violence, and terrorism, with over 65 million refugees now driven from their homes, nearly double what the number was a decade ago. And yet, according to speakers at the presentation of the annual Global Peace Index, the world in 2017 is "slightly more peaceful" than it was a year ago, and the condition of global peace is marginally better.