The palpable toxicity rampant in the political environment of the United States has translated to a fall in its global peace ranking, published by the Institute of Economics and Peace (IEP) annually.
The IEP conducts a study of the social, economic, political, and military environments of 161 countries and assigns each a score based on an index of 23 criteria to cover conflicts, domestic violence, crime, human rights, and economic stability.
The US dropped 11 places to 114 out of 161 with a score of 2.232. Speaking to the meagerness of the score, other countries that fell in a similar manner to the US are Gambia, ranked at 110 with a score of 2.211, and Turkmenistan, ranked at 119 with a score of 2.27.
Political turbulence, deteriorating press freedom, a public perception of increasing crime and corruption, and less acceptance of minorities were cited as reasons for the drastic decline in the US score. Steve Killela, the Institutes founder, referenced the political polarization in the country reaching dangerous levels: “We’ve seen a political fracture in the U.S. that isn’t a reflection of the election of President Donald Trump, but is represented by both sides of the political divide seeing the other as a danger to the nation.”
On the other end of the peace score spectrum are the Asian tigers, which all showed marked improvement in their scores.
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