Global Conflict Trends

Assessing the Qualities of  Systemic Peace

Perhaps, the most important, and challenging, task for the peace researcher is to establish and maintain a systematic perspective on the general condition of peace in the global system. Without that, progress toward the greater peace cannot be accurately gauged and policies cannot be properly evaluated. Measuring systemic peace is a necessarily holistic endeavor. The quality of peace cannot be improved simply by displacing violence and war to a different setting or separate category, or by concentrating misfortunes with the less fortunate (i.e., ghettoization).


Complex societal-systems challenge our comprehension but, with recent advances in information resources and computation technologies, systems can be reliably monitored. The ending of the Second World War in 1945 provides a good beginning point for measuring and tracking changes in the global, systemic qualities of peace. The following charts comprise information on all countries in the world with populations greater than 500,000 persons in 2015 (167 countries in 2015). Regional trends are examined in the suites found at the bottom of the "figure accordion" following.

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Click each link in the "figure accordion" below to examine a perspective on the global quality of systemic peace.

Click on the diagram for that perspective to view it as a larger image.


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