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We’re one week into the new year and the the spirit of the holiday season has been sidelined by today’s distressing violence on Washington’s Capitol Hill. The aggression displayed shows the alarming evidence of a substantial deterioration in levels of societal resilience – as characterised by Positive Peace.

Over the last six years polarised political debate, growing tensions between socio-economic or racial groups, deterioration in the quality of information available to the public, and opinion and propaganda masquerading as news have helped to create the background conditions for the current instability.

We take a look at the data behind the deteriorations β€” in six charts:

β­• Since 2017, there has been a large jump in support from both Democrats and Republicans in the US who feel that violence for political ends is at least partially justified.

β­• In the last decade the largest deterioration in Positive Peace indicators in the US was in the Quality of Information indicator, which worsened by 113.6%.

β­• Incidents of civil unrest doubled over the last decade.

β­• The rate of civil unrest events per country increased tenfold in flawed democracies between 2011 to 2018.

β­• As civil unrest has been increasing globally, democracy has been decreasing.

β­• Confidence in elections is 2.16 times greater in countries with a very high level of peace, compared to those with very low levels of peace.

Read more about Positive Peace, global levels of peacefulness and more in the Global Peace Index 2020 and Global Terrorism Index reports, available for download here.

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