The Global Peace Index (GPI), created by the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP), is the world's leading indicator of global peace. This paper is the most thorough data-driven analysis of peace trends, economic value, and how to promote peaceful communities that has ever been published. The GPI includes 99.7% of the world's population and measures the condition of peace across three domains, utilizing 23 qualitative and quantitative indicators from well-respected sources.
– the level of Societal Safety and Security,
– the extent of Ongoing Domestic and International Conflict,
– and the degree of Militarisation.
With 36 percent of people worldwide reporting improved feelings of safety, the Asia-Pacific area (including Southeast Asia) has the highest proportion of people reporting enhanced feelings of safety. China had the biggest increase in perceptions of safety, at 65 percent, followed by Laos at 61 percent, and Vietnam at 48 percent.
Crime, violence, or terrorism are cited by just under 9% of individuals in the Asia-Pacific area as the greatest risk to their safety in their daily life, the lowest of any region except Russia and Eurasia. The majority of people are more concerned about health-related issues and accidents or injuries on the road.
With 27 percent, Malaysia has the highest proportion of people in the area who consider violence to be the greatest threat to their safety. Violence is perceived as the greatest risk in no other country in the region by more than 20% of respondents.
The Asia-Pacific has the fourth-lowest fear of violence of any area, with 30% of respondents saying they are very concerned about violence. Singapore has the lowest fear of violence, with only 5% of residents stating that they are extremely concerned.
Source: Global Peace Index 2021, VisionofHumanity.org