Positive Peace Report 2015

Positive Peace is a transformational approach to achieving development, resilience and peace. It offers an alternative perspective to identify and measure long-term investments that create an optimum environment for human potential to flourish. 

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Positive Peace is a new approach to identify and measure long-term investments that create sustainable peace and resilience at the country level.  This contrasts with most research in the field which focuses on what does not work and why systems fail.

Well-developed Positive Peace represents the capacity for a society to meet the needs of citizens, reduce the number of grievances that arise and resolve remaining disagreements without the use of violence.

It is the first global, quantitative approach to defining and measuring Positive Peace and is based on the factors that have strongest statistically significant relationships with the absence of violence.

The Eight Factors of Positive Peace



Positive Peace Index

The Positive Peace Index measures Positive Peace in 162 countries, covering 99.6 per cent of the world’s population. Explore the Positive Peace Index of 162 countries on page 24 of the report


Key Findings


Positive Peace creates resilience


Why Positive Peace is transformational

Without better understanding how to conceptualise and measure the factors that support peace, it is difficult to develop programs that holistically address peace. The best programs start from a conceptually sound base and utilise as much evidence as possible.

Positive Peace also provides a framework for risk analysis, as historical research has shown that countries which have low levels of violence but weak Positive Peace tend to experience falls in peacefulness over time. In 2008, IEP identified 30 countries that fit this profile were at risk of deteriorating and becoming more violent. By 2015, 22 of the countries had fallen in the Global Peace Index, four had stayed the same and four had seen their levels of peace increase.


For the first time since its inception, IEP is now able to publish a complete time series of Positive Peace scores for 162 countries from 2005 to 2015. 

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Radical Realism: Building Positive Peace in Mexico

A collection of 12 interviews with leading peacebuilders published on the occasion of the International Day of Peace.

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