Global Peace in 2020

The Institute for Economics and Peace has released the 2020 Global Peace Index as well as a consolidated briefing The 14th edition of the Global Peace Index ranks the state of peace in 163 countries based on 23 different indicators.  According to the results, global peace has deteriorated in 2020.

The Global Peace Index incorporates factors across three domains: 1) the level of Societal Safety and Security; 2) the extent of Ongoing Domestic and International Conflict; and 3) the degree of Militarisation. The report also explores trends in civil unrest, the economic impact of violence, and the impact of ecological threats on positive peace.

While the 2020 Global Peace Index analyzes the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on peace, the Institute for Economics and Peace released a separate report which explores the ramifications of the global health crisis in more detail COVID-19 and Peace explores the pandemic “through the lens of socio-economic development and peacebuilding”. The report discusses a number of ways that the COVID-19 crisis has impacted global peace including specifically: 

  • Impact on violence;  
  • Economic impact and early responses;  
  • Impact on Positive Peace; and  
  • Rebuilding the socio-economic system  


For more information on related topics view other resources included in the COVID-19 Special Collection or in the Global Peace Index SeriesPlease note that an HSDL login is required to view some of these resources.  

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