By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
8/17/2014 (11 months ago)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)
The news has been bleak as of late: A standoff in Ukraine, shelling in Gaza and Islamic State making a hash of Iraq and Syria. A think tank has some sobering news for the casual observer; as of late ONLY 11 nations are not currently at war. It's a distressing trend that shows no signs of abating, either -
LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - According to the Institute for Economics and Peace's, or IEP, of the 162 countries covered by the latest study, just 11 were not involved in conflict of one kind or another.
Furthermore, the world in general has been getting incrementally less peaceful every year since 2007. This has bucked a trend that had seen a global move away from conflict since the end of the Second World War.
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The United Kingdom is relatively free from internal conflict, making it easy to fall to thinking it exists in a state of peace. However, recent involvement in foreign fighting in Afghanistan, as well as a fairly high state of militarization has Britain scoring quite poorly on the 2014 Global Peace Index, coming 47th overall.
There is also the countries that are involved in no actual foreign wars involving deaths whatsoever, such as North Korea - but which are fraught by the most divisive and entrenched internal conflicts.
Chances are slim to none if you want to live in a completely peaceful country. The only nations to achieve the lowest score for all forms of conflict were Switzerland, Japan, Qatar, Mauritius, Uruguay, Chile, Botswana, Costa Rica, Vietnam, Panama and Brazil .
And even those countries are not entirely exempt from other problems that could lead to conflict further down the line.
The South American nations of Brazil and Costa Rica, the level of internal conflict may be the lowest possible. Easy access to small arms and the likelihood of violent demonstrations are worryingly high.
While the nation of Switzerland is famously detached when it comes to any external conflict, and has a very low risk of internal problems of any kind, that proud country has a number of points on the overall index because of its proportionately huge rate of arms exports per 100,000 of the population.
In order for a country to score at the lowest level for all its indicators for conflict, the IEP it must not have been involved in any "contested incompatibility that concerns government and/or territory where the use of armed force between two parties, of which at least one is the government of a state, results in at least 25 battle-related deaths in a year."
The group must also be satisfied that it has "no conflict" within its borders. This rating on civil unrest cannot even include "latent" conflict involving "positional differences over definable values of national importance."
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