I was reading the Global Peace Index 2016 [PDF] today. Of the 163 independent states and territories ranked Japan came in at number 9, Ireland at 12, the UK at 47, and the United States of America is at 103. I’m always surprised by how poorly the USA performs in these studies, as the parts I visit appear quite safe. But there is no doubt watching the news tonight, from our New York hotel room, that the country seems anything but safe. I’m also stunned that the index lists the national cost of violence in the USA as $2,028,740,716,654. A number that doesn’t appear real.
“The 2016 Global Peace Index (GPI) shows the world became less peaceful in the last year, reinforcing the underlying trend of declining peace over the last decade. Results also show a growing global inequality in peace, with the most peaceful countries continuing to improve while the least peaceful are falling into greater violence and conflict.”