Lebanon Ranks 136th Globally On Peace Index
The 2012 Global Peace Index ranked Lebanon in 136th place among 158 countries globally and in 16th place among 22 countries in the Middle East and North Africa region,as reported by Lebanon This Week, Byblos Bank newsletter.
It also ranked Lebanon in 33rd place among 36 upper-middle income countries (UMICs) included in the survey. Lebanon ranked in 137th place among 153 countries globally and in 16th place among 20 countries regionally in the 2011 survey. The GPI ranks countries by their 'absence of violence', using metrics that combine both internal and external factors. The index is based on 23 indicators and is a composite of two sub-indices that measure internal peace, carrying a weight of 60%, and external peace with a weight of 40%. The index was developed by the Economist Intelligence Unit and the Institute for Economics and Peace.
Globally, Lebanon is considered to be more peaceful than Ethiopia, Burundi and Myanmar, and less peaceful than the Philippines, Côte d'Ivoire and Mexico. It is also considered to be more peaceful than Colombia, Libya and Russia, and less peaceful than Turkey, Azerbaijan and Mexico among UMICs. Lebanon received a score of 2.46 points, worse than the global average of 2.02 points, the UMIC average of 2.04 points and the MENA average score of 2.29 points.
The survey indicated that the MENA region is currently the least peaceful region in the world, reflecting the turmoil and instability caused by the Arab Spring. It added that if the world had been completely peaceful in 2011, the economic benefit would have reached an estimated $9 trillion.
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