11 June 2020, via Gulf Times: https://www.gulf-times.com/story/665397/Qatar-continues-to-top-MENA-region-in-Global-Peace-Index
Of the 163 countries included in the Index, Qatar's position this year improved by three ranks from last year, as it occupied advanced positions in a number of fields at the global level through achieving high evaluation rates that exceeded many developed countries during the same period.
The State of Qatar ranked 1st in the Arab world and 16th globally in the Societal Safety and Security index, making Qatar one of the twenty safest countries in the world.
The Index also ranked Qatar 161st globally (reverse index), making it among the Gulf, Arab and international economic countries least affected by violence.
This classification reflects Qatar's global position in the field of security, which was in line with Qatar National Vision 2030 and the Ministry of Interior's strategy to enhance security and safety at the country level.
Regarding other levels in the Index, the State of Qatar achieved advanced ranks through getting high evaluation rates in some of the most prominent indices including low rates of homicides and violence, the extent of crime in society and the stability of political conditions, a society free from terrorism and its effect and the absence of threat of internal and external conflicts.
The Global Peace Index is based on three main criteria: the level of Societal Safety and Security, the extent of Ongoing Domestic and International Conflict, and the degree of Militarization, in addition to a set of criteria related to different fields, including the internal and external affairs of states.
The Global Peace Index is an attempt to measure the relative peacefulness of countries and regions.
It is produced by the Institute for Economic and Peace in consultation with an international team of experts from institutes and research centers and in cooperation with the Department of Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Sydney in Australia.
The countries are ranked in the Index on a scale of 1-5 degrees so that the most stable countries are those who achieve 1, while the least stable receive 5.
It is important to note that the State of Qatar has continued to top the Global Peace Index among the MENA countries during the past couple of years, along with its high performance in many indicators during the past year, the most important of which was obtaining the 1st position globally in terms of security and safety among 118 countries according to the annual report of 2019 crime index issued by Numbeo' and the 2nd in the Arab world and the 29th globally in the competitiveness index out of 141 countries.
It also ranked 1st in the Arab world and the 7th globally out of 118 countries in the Global Finance Safety Index and the 2nd in the Arab World and the 10th globally in the Global Competitiveness Report 2019.(QNA)