The United States rose higher in the ranking of most peaceful countries in the world and while Canada dropped in position it still was the top ranked country for peace in the region and much of the hemisphere. The Caribbean and much of Central America showed improvements in rankings based in part on the low levels of militarism but internal conflicts and division of wealth and power can still be issues as well as the displacement of citizens in places like Mexico due to drug related feuding and a common high rate of crime.
Deterioration in relations with neighboring South American countries dropped much of South America slightly in the rankings. Increased nationalism by political groups and the difficulties in economic realities of growing populations have led to increased tensions between countries like Venezuela, Chile, Peru and Bolivia which impacts the level of peace felt in those countries.
Central America and the Caribbean countries enjoy a generally more relaxed relation with their neighboring nations and the main reason for a drop in scores over the last few years has been due to increased security and policing being required to counter the slow rise in gang and criminal activities.
Ranking of Peaceful Countries in The Americas & The Caribbean
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Ranking The Peace Of The Countries Of The World
Peace Rank of European Countries
Peace Rank of Oceania, Eurasia, Asia Pacific & South Asia
Peace Rank of The Middle East, North Africa & Sub-Sahara Africa
Evaluating a ranking system to gauge the most peaceful countries in the world is by no means an exact science nor is the ranking designed to be used as an absolute. Positive peace factors are used such as a country’s commitment and political determination to: ensure access to affordable, make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable, promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all and to ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.
The rankings of the most peaceful countries in the world should be taken as another piece of the puzzle when determining where to go for a vacation or to live or visit. Just because a country ranks high on the list of the most peaceful nations does not mean that nothing bad could happen to visitors but it can give a good idea as to the mind-set of the population of the country and the ideals that the citizens most try to adhere to.