An absence of regional conflicts, a good relationship with its Central American neighbors and President Enrique Peña Nieto’s security strategy have allowed Mexico to “climb the ranks” by .02 units in the new 2015 edition of the Global Peace Index that was released this week.
The Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP) based in Sydney, Australia, with offices in Mexico City and New York, presented the new edition with indicators for measuring the level of violence or the fear of violence.
The study analyzes 162 countries and measured 23 variables to reflect the levels of violence.
Mexico largest advancements were in the number of security officers and police, as well as the amount of financing for United Nations peacekeeping operations.
These improvements explained that Mexico has advanced its levels of peacekeeping from 2.55 to 2.53 units between 2014 and 2015.
The report also identifies major challenges in order to strengthen peace in the country.
Beside Mexico, 81 other countries in the study reported an improvement in their peace levels.
Four regions experienced an improvement over last year: Europe, North America, Sub-Saharan Africa, Central America and the Caribbean.
In contrast, 78 countries didn’t see improvements in their peace levels. Military conflicts and terrorist attacks worsened in the Middle East and North African regions.
In South America, peace also deteriorated due to an increase in protests and the growth of the perception of insecurity.
The report identified an increase in the intensity of armed conflicts in the world with an increase of more than 3.5 times.
The number of people killed in conflicts worldwide went from 49,000 in 2010 to 180,000 in 2014.
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