Steve Killelea, Founder and Executive Chairman of the Institute for Economics and Peace, established the Global Peace Index after a 2005 expedition to North East Kivu in the Democratic Republic of Congo. In his debut book, ‘Peace in the Age of Chaos’, Steve writes, “What were the causes of such a violent social context? There was no lack of emotional strength among the people; indeed, they showed extraordinary levels of resilience at times. So why was there such an absence of peace?”
Driven by these burning questions, he began to investigate whether studies existed that ranked the countries of the world according to levels of peace — to his astonishment, he could find nothing. This discovery led Steve to a disturbing conclusion — If a simple businessman such as himself could not find an accurate and easy-to-understand measure of countries according to their peacefulness, then how well did the global community genuinely understand peace?
After all, if you can’t measure something, then how can you truly understand it?
Of course, the answer to this question is simple — you can’t. Without an accurate and dependable measure, authentic understanding is impossible. Similarly, without a reliable measurement of peace — one that synthesizes quantitative and qualitative indicators to provide a holistic image of peace as a system — an understanding of peace is unattainable, and efforts to create and sustain peace are doomed to futility.
Thus, the development of the Global Peace Index was born from the passion for peace to be measurable, communicable and most vitally, teachable.
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