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Maria Kuecken
Graduate Student (Paris, France)

Economist-in-training at the Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. Previously directed educational projects in Rwanda. Currently developing a web platform to promote responsible international service through educational resources.


Mapping Peace

Published 15th June 2010 - 7 comments - 2143 views -

Sorry for the redundancy and apologies to Giedre Steikunaite who wrote a great post on the Global Peace Index already: 

Check it out!


The Institute for Economics and Peace has launched the 2010 rankings of the Global Peace Index to rate countries by their peacefulness indicators as well as clearly identify those factors serving as the “drivers of peace.”  Check out their interactive map.

The project uses “absence of violence” as an operating definition of peace and ranks 149 countries via 24 indicators in order to capture the more nuanced “texture of peace.”  These indicators come from various organizations such as the World Bank, International Institute of Strategic Studies, UN offices, and the Economist Intelligence Unit.  They range from more qualitative measures like perceived criminality in a society and neighboring country relations to objective statistics such as weapons imports and internal deaths from conflict.

Global Peace Index


The least peaceful country?


And can you find the most peaceful?  

Hint: Look southeast.

I’m a sucker for maps, and this one won’t disappoint.  Take five minutes and check it out! 

Category: Crisis | Tags: conflict, violence, peace, global,


  • Iwona Frydryszak on 15th June 2010:

    Giedre Steikunaite was first wink -

  • Maria Kuecken on 15th June 2010:

    Wow thanks, Iwona!  Totally didn’t catch it at all!  Oops.  I will try to take it down and if it’s not possible I’ll put her link at the top!

  • Clare Herbert on 16th June 2010:

    Great post - by both Maria and Giedre. Great minds, eh?

  • Iwona Frydryszak on 16th June 2010:

    yes, Maria keep finding such a thinks smile more interactive better we can imagine…

  • Giedre Steikunaite on 16th June 2010:

    Maria, no need to apologize. Thank you for putting a link to my post on the GPI! And sorry for having ruined your tricky question of looking south-east… wink

  • Maria Kuecken on 16th June 2010:

    Haha, thank you ladies. That’s what I get for dropping out of the real world to take exams! wink

  • Giedre Steikunaite on 16th June 2010:

    Yeah it’s hard to keep up with all the posts, isn’t it? I was slaving at work these last days and only glimpsed at the platform, so now it’s time to catch up! Hope your exams went well Maria wink

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