Indicators of Peace

Peace & Security01 Jan 2007The Broker

These indicators of the absence of violence or fear of violence are based on the Global Peace Index. This broad range of Indicators of Peace has first been selected with an expert panel in 2007 and provides for a way to measure peace.

Violent conflict

1 Number of external and internal violent conflicts in 2000–05
2 Number of deaths from organized external conflict
3 Number of deaths from organized internal conflict
4 Level of organized internal conflict
5 Relations with neighbouring countries.

Societal security

6 Level of distrust in other citizens
7 Displaced persons as percentage of the population
8 Political instability
9 Level of respect for human rights (political terror scale)
10 Potential for terrorist acts
11 Homicides per 100,000 people
12 Other violent crime statistics
13 Violent demonstrations
14 Prisoners per 100,000 people
15 Internal security officers and police per 100,000 people


16 Military expenditure as a percentage of GDP
17 Armed services personnel per 100,000 inhabitants
18 Imports of major conventional weapons per 100,000 inhabitants
19 Exports of major conventional weapons per 100,000
20 UN deployments 2006–07 (percentage of total forces)
21 Non-UN deployments 2006–07 (percentage of total forces)
22 Heavy weapons per 100,000 inhabitants
23 Access to small arms
24 Other indicators of military capabilities

In addition to these 24 main indicators, the authors took into account 33 other indicators in areas such as the competence and quality of governments, the strength of institutions, political processes, international openness, demography, regional integration, religion, culture, education and well-being.

Source: Vision of Humanity website.