What is peace?


Peace is more than just the absence of conflict or war. Peace is a multidimensional concept that can be viewed through the lens of both negative peace and positive peace.

Negative peace is the absence of violence and the absence of the fear of violence. This is the definition of peace we use for the Global Peace Index, Mexico Peace Index, US Peace Index and UK Peace Index.

Positive peace is the attitudes, structures and institutions that underpin peaceful societies. It is things like the presence of human rights, equitable distribution of resources, good relations with neighbours and more. To understand more about positive peace and the many factors that make a society peaceful, see The Pillars of Peace.

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Global Peace Index Methodology

The Global Peace Index measures the state of peace in 162 countries according to 23 qualitative and quantitative indicators of peace. Find out more about how the index is constructed, a description of the indicators and the scores.


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Vision of Humanity is an initiative of the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP). IEP have offices in New York and Sydney. For more specific inquiries related to the peace indexes and research, please contact IEP directly.

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