It ranked 137th this year, moving up one spot from last year's 138. MANILA- The Philippines was tagged as second least peaceful country in the Asia-Pacific region this year due to President Rodrigo Duterte’s bloody narcotics crackdown, the Global Peace Index claimed in its recent study. By DataLEADS The Philippines is the second ‘least peaceful’ country in Asia Pacific after North Korea, a recent study of Global Peace Index 2018 showed. The Philippines was also tagged as the second least peaceful country in the Asia-Pacific region, beating only North Korea, which ranked 150th in the global ranking. Since 2008, the 25 least peaceful countries declined in peacefulness on average by 11.8 per cent, while the 25 most peaceful countries improved by 1.7 per cent on average.” Yet another set of promising results for a COVID-19 vaccine were... 2019 Peace Index: A Snapshot of Global State of Peace, one of the 25 poorest countries in the world, one of the 14 countries the U.S. government doesn’t want Americans to visit, ALSO READ: Countries Where Being Gay Is Legally Punishable by Death. In fact, Afghanistan is one of the 25 poorest countries in the world. South Korea (world rank 22) is ranked third in Asia. The annual study conducted by Australia-based think tank Institute for Economics and Peace, evaluates the peace and order situation in 163 countries. The country although has been under the missile threats coming from North Korea, people perceive their country to be comparatively secure in terms of limited civil conflict and effective control of crime within its borders. The United States had a score of 2.401, which put it 128th on the list, just behind South Africa and ahead of Saudi Arabia. However, we are second least peaceful country in Asia Pacific for the second year in a row, and the least peaceful country among our Southeast Asian neighbors, ranking below Myanmar (122 nd) and Thailand (113 th). Copyright Ⓒ 2019 Nationthailand - All rights reserved. By continued use, you agree to our privacy policy and accept our use of such cookies. 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Among Southeast Asian nations, the Philippines was named the least peaceful. For further information, click FIND OUT MORE. Nearly two-thirds of the 36 European countries bettered their records. The survey measured how safe and secure people feel in the countries where they live, the level of military presence (which the researchers call militarization) and ongoing conflict within their borders. The Philippines is among seven countries that recorded increased weapons imports last year. — Margaret Claire Layug/BAP/KBK/MDM, GMA News. The nation is also extremely poor. The Institute for Economics and Peace has just released its Global Peace Index for 2018, and the Philippines has moved up from 138 th to 137 th place out of 163 countries. In Asia, Singapore is followed by Japan (world rank 8). Nepal (57) is ranked ahead of its South Asian neighbours that have each seen a share of ethnic and religious conflicts. People in Sri Lanka (59) perceive the country to be vulnerable to ethnic tensions as well as ensuing social crisis. At the top of the list, New Zealand, Portugal, Austria and Denmark follow Iceland. Myanmar (122nd) came in as the second least peaceful Southeast Asian country, while Singapore (8th) took the the top spot in the region. The Philippines was named the second least peaceful country in the Asia-Pacific by the Global Peace Index (GPI), with North Korea as first. In the overall ranking, Iceland topped the list of most peaceful countries while the war-torn nation of Syria is at the bottom, a position it held in the last five years. Since 2008, the 25 least peaceful countries declined in peacefulness on average by 11.8 per cent, while the 25 most peaceful countries improved by 1.7 per cent on average.” On balance, the study did not have good news, particularly its picture of Afghanistan, which suffers from such extreme violence that it is one of the 14 countries the U.S. government doesn’t want Americans to visit. Looking at the world in general, the study posted some negative news. Among Southeast Asian nations, the Philippines was named the least peaceful. In Asia, Singapore is followed by Japan (world rank 8). The report measures the perception of people about order and security with reference to the prevalence of common crimes, including homicide, kidnapping, burglary and theft, armed robbery and extortion, as well as people’s general perceptions of safety in their communities. The study measured data from 2018. Afghanistan has had an internal military conflict for years, with a civil war between several governments and anti-government factions that have included the Taliban and the Islamic State. At 113, Pakistan is ranked most unsafe country in the world. Not much has improved in the Philippines, at least when it comes to the state of peace in the country, a recent study shows. The Philippines' score declined by 0.012 points at 2.512, second only to North Korea, the region's least peaceful state, with a score of 2.95, according to the peace index report of the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP).