Updated on Thursday, May 26, 2011, 17:59Zeenews Bureau
The Global Peace Index tracks 23 indicators, from military spending to crime levels to conflict and disputes with neighbours.
Only three years after its financial meltdown destroyed its banks and prompted some of its first ever riots,
Social unrest is making the world less peaceful for the third year running and economic strains could point to rising risks in
The Global Peace Index showed economic factors are at the heart of unrest including the "Arab Spring".
Rising food prices have helped trigger revolts in
There were some positive trends too. Despite conflict in
Killelea also notes that the key country to watch was China, which could experience violent unrest if the economy slowed in the years ahead.
Well functioning governments, relatively homogenous societies and equitable distribution of wealth, good secondary education and press freedom were amongst the most important factors in ensuring peace, he said.
(With Agency’s inputs)