Thursday, 21 Jan 2021
Oman along with some of the GCC states continue to be ranked high in the 2018 Global Peace Index (GPI) released by the Sydney-based Institute for Economics and Peace.

Oman amongst leading 5 in MENA in 2018 Global Peace Index

Oman is ranked 73rd
 overall (70th
 in 2017) and  fifth in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Kuwait tops the index in MENA (general rank 42), followed by the UAE (45th
 overall), Qatar (56th
), Saudi Arabia (129th
) and Bahrain (130th
).However, 5 of the world’s ten least peaceful nations are from the area (Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Libya and Sudan), with only Kuwait and UAE becoming ranked amongst the world’s 50 most peaceful nations.


The GPI covers 99.7 per cent of the world’s population, utilizing 23 qualitative and quantitative indicators from very respected sources, and measures the state of peace utilizing 3 thematic domains: the level of Societal Safety and Security the extent of Ongoing Domestic and International Conflict, and degree of Militarisation.Iceland remains the most peaceful nation in the planet, a position it has held because 2008.

It is joined at the leading by New Zealand, Austria, Portugal and Denmark, all of which have been ranked in leading 5 in final year’s GPI.There was also extremely tiny alter at the bottom of the index. Syria remains the least peaceful nation in the planet, preceded by Afghanistan, South Sudan, Iraq, Somalia and Yemen.

The outcomes of the 2018 GPI discover that the international level of peace has deteriorated by .27 per cent in the final year, marking the fourth successive year of deteriorations. Peace in 92 nations deteriorated, whilst 71 nations enhanced.

The 2018 GPI reveals a planet in which the tensions, conflicts, and crises that emerged in the previous decade stay unresolved, particularly in the Middle East, resulting in a gradual, sustained fall in peacefulness.

The report stated that 4 of the 5 biggest deteriorations in the Middle East – Qatar, Iran, Oman, and Saudi Arabia – are a reflection of the deepening rivalry among predominantly Saudi Arabia and its allies and Iran and its allies.

This animosity has extended been a element in Syria as nicely. “These tensions are playing out in deteriorations in the regional scores for political stability, neighbouring countries relations, and internal and external conflicts fought, the last of which deteriorated by 13 per cent over the year.”

Information Source: Muscat Daily

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