The Institute for Economics & Peace ranks Morocco as one of the most peaceful countries in the Arab world.
Rabat – The world’s 163 countries have been ranked according to levels of peace and security, with Morocco placing 90th. This positions the Kingdom as the 7th most peaceful country in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). The Global Peace Index (GPI) is determined yearly by the Institute for Economics & Peace.
The data is calculated by considering “levels of societal safety and security, the extent of ongoing domestic and international conflict, and the degree of militarization.” The GPI also measures “the absence of violence or fear of violence,” called negative peace, along with “the attitudes, institutions, and structures that create and sustain peaceful societies,” or positive peace.
Qatar places first in the MENA region at 31, followed by Kuwait (43), the United Arab Emirates (53), Oman (69), and Jordan (77). In the 82nd position, Tunisia beat out Morocco by just nine spots, and Algeria ranks far below Morocco at 111. Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Palestine, Israel, Lebanon, and Turkey trail far behind.
It may come as no surprise that Libya, Iraq, Yemen, and Syria occupy some of the lowest positions on the list. Syria was ranked the least peaceful country in the world in 2018 but has now been replaced by Afghanistan, leaving Syria at 162. MENA as a whole has become more peaceful in the last year due to fewer deaths from conflict and terrorism, but despite this general improvement, most of the region’s countries still have poor rankings.
Morocco additionally has a Water Events Scale (WES) rating of more than 1.2, which reflects “a tendency towards cooperative handling of water-related disputes” amid increased water scarcity. Morocco ranked second in a list of 32 countries across Europe, MENA, and sub-Saharan Africa, while France placed last.
In recent years GPI records have ranked Morocco higher, coming 75th in 2017 and 77th in 2018.