Indonesia Shoots Up To 46th In The Global Peace Index

It seems like the world is spiralling down the abyss of violence. The Syrian Civil War, the rise of ISIS and the fact that the United States has over 800 military bases across the globe has seemingly systematically geared the world towards violence. 

But there is hope in the numbers and Indonesia has made notable improvements in a world that seems as violent as ever. The Global Peace Index is an annual case study conducted by the non-profit Institute for Economics and Peace

Here's how Indonesia fared in the Global Peace Index compared to other countries. 

Indonesia has spear-headed vast improvements in the Asia-Pacific region. Thanks to a clamp down on on violent crime and the reduced impact of terrorism, Indonesia rose 12 places in the Global Peace Index to rank 46th in 2015. 

Global Peace Index Ranking

Just behind France who are ranked 45th, Indonesia is more peaceful than the UAE, Argentina as well as regional neighbours Vietnam and Timor-Leste.  

Asia-Pacific Ranking

The Case Study also found that Indonesia made strides along with other post-conflict nations Rwanda, Myanmar, Cote d'Ivoire and Georgia. They have all made positive strives for a more peaceful state of affairs in the 10 years since 2005. 

This has actually been the trend for most countries, as 81 nations have become more peaceful in 2015 and 78 less so. 

The Global Peace Index (GPI) is determined by:


Ongoing domestic and international conflict Indicators of the number and intensity of ongoing civil and international wars.


Societal safety and security Indicators of the levels of safety and security within a country, such as the perception of criminality in society, the level of political instability and the rate of homicides and violent crimes.


Militarisation Indicators of a nation’s military capacity, both in terms of the economic resources committed to the military and support for multilateral operations.

One startling statistic that came from the study is how much of the world's GDP is spent on violence.

The economic impact of violence on the global economy in 2014 was substantial, estimated at US$14.3 trillion... That's 13.4% of world's GDP!

This is equivalent to the combined economies of Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Spain and the United Kingdom. Since 2008, there has been a 15.3% increase on the total economic impact of violence on global GDP, from US$12.4 trillion to the current US$14.3 trillion.

It makes you wonder - what kind of world could we live in if we took all the money spent on hurting one another, and directed it towards making the world a better place?

It may only be a dream today, but all grand visions are first conceived as innocent dreams. It's the first step to them being realized.