Just 11 Countries Around the World Are Free From Conflict

This post was written by Rebecca Luxton and originally appeared on RYOT.

It’s a bummer, but it seems like practically every country is at war — in some way or another.

And the latest study from the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP) proves it. According to an analysis by The Independent, just 11 countries aren’t embroiled in conflict right now.

Basically, the ranking takes into account everything from foreign involvement to unrest on the home turf. So countries like the United States, which come to their allies’ aid across international borders, don’t rank that high.

In fact, the U.S., at 101, isn’t even among the world’s 100 most peaceful countries.

The 11 countries with the lowest rates of conflict were Switzerland, Japan, Qatar, Mauritius, Uruguay, Chile, Botswana, Costa Rica, Vietnam, Panama and Brazil. They were typically detached from wars in other countries and free of internal conflict.

This map from the IEP shows which countries have the least amount of internal conflict in dark green. (Photo: IEP)

This map from the IEP shows which countries have the least amount of internal conflict in dark green. (Photo: IEP)

But even those countries aren’t home free — the data from the 2014 report only goes up to the end of 2013, so events like the protests that darkened World Cup festivities in Brazil could dramatically change next year’s ranking.

And all over the world, tensions are high, from the broiling unrest in Ukraine to the protests in Ferguson, Missouri over an unarmed teen’s death at a police officer’s hands.

This map shows which countries are least engaged in external conflict. (Photo: IEP)

This map shows which countries are least engaged in external conflict. (Photo: IEP)

Truth be told, world peace might be at an all-time low, but could this be the wake-up call we’re in need of?

After all, when things are going well, it’s not human nature to be motivated to change our behavior. Though warfare is never a positive, maybe it’s time for us to see the “peace crisis” in a constructive light.

Protests need to be constructive in order to make a change, instead of just adding to the conflict. And while sometimes, aiding others through strong-arm methods — like the airstrikes in Iraq to help Iraqi civilians escape ISIS militants’ grasps — may seem to be the best option, it’s essential that leaders always act in a way they’re willing to take responsibility for.

Peace is not just over the horizon. But it’s not unattainable, either. Can we step up to the challenge?

127 comments

Jim Ven
Jim Ven2 months ago

thanks for the article.

Sam Antha
Sam Antha1 years ago

Also is there a map with New Zealand on it? It looks like New Zealand has been cut off this map. I thought we were a peaceful country :/

Sam Antha
Sam Antha1 years ago

Also is there a colour key for the map?

Sam Antha
Sam Antha1 years ago

How is New Zealand not free from conflict?

Donna F.
Donna F.1 years ago

I don't believe we'll ever have peace on Earth. Humanity's history is a history of warfare and power-grabs. unfortunate.

Fi T.
Fi T.1 years ago

Can the list be enlarged?

Danuta Watola
Danuta Watola1 years ago

Thanks for sharing.

mike p.
mike p.1 years ago

What an absolute waste of time and effort by IEP. What credibility can be attributed to the Top 10 when it includes countries like Chile and Brazil whose internal conflicts and massacres are well documented.
The time taken to read this pointless post and to comment has taken up ten minutes of my life that I can never retrieve - thanks for that !!!!

James Maynard
James Maynard1 years ago

Wow...Wow...Wow...
Pretty peaceful here in my barrio
(neighborhood) if you don't count
the money sucking chupacabra
neighbors to my West.......