How peaceful is Russia and Eurasia?

Moldova, the region’s best ranked country, comes in at only 70 on the overall index. This reflects the dominant position of the security and military complexes in many countries, along with a proliferation of territorial conflicts, high risk of political instability, and a high incarceration rate.

Increasing geopolitical competition between Russia and the West also raises the likelihood of future conflict in the region.

Ukraine recorded the second largest fall in the Index this year (after Libya), in the wake of Russia’s annexation of Crimea and the war in the Donbas region. The country suffered over 6,000 deaths from conflict and had over 1 million people displaced.

An upsurge of deadly ceasefire violations in the “frozen” conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia, over the disputed territory of Nagorno-Karabakh, saw a decrease in peace for both countries.

Georgia, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and the Kyrgystan all saw a modest improvement in levels of peace, thanks to decreasing levels of violent crime and political instability.

Explore the state of peace on the interactive Global Peace Index map and download the 2015 Global Peace Index Report for a full analysis of the data. 

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The 2015 Global Peace Index shows that the world is becoming increasingly divided with some countries enjoying unprecedented levels of peace and prosperity while others spiral further into violence and conflict.

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