Russia and Georgia Ranked among the World's Least Peaceful Countries
There may be little love lost between Russia and Georgia, but the quarrelsome neighbors now have something in common -- their low ranking in the Global Peace Index, a scale of countries' peacefulness assembled by the Sydney, Australia-based Institute for Economics and Peace, and the Economist Intelligence Unit.
Out of a group of 149 countries, the Index gave Russia's degree of peacefulness a 143rd place finish, while Georgia appears just a notch calmer in 142nd place.
Conflict with neighbors? Check. High number of deaths from organized conflict? Check. Too many weapons? Check. The list of peacefulness criteria goes on.
The countries ranked as more ill-tempered than Russia and Georgia include Israel, Pakistan, Sudan, Afghanistan, Somalia and Iraq.
Within the South Caucasus, Armenia carries the peace torch, finishing in 119th place, while New Zealand is deemed the world's least trigger-happy country.
Giorgi Lomsadze is a journalist based in Tbilisi, and author of Tamada Tales.
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