*Measures of state-sponsored terror and the likelihood of violent demonstrations are the most improved indicators
*5% deterioration in the Global Peace Index recorded over the last six years
*Syria’s peace score records the largest fall in GPI history; Libya’s peace bounces back after the civil war but still low
*Iceland maintains status as the most peaceful country whilst war-ravaged Afghanistan returns to the bottom of the index
*Europe remains the most peaceful region comprising thirteen of the top twenty peaceful countries; South Asia is the least peaceful region
*Eastern and Western Europe homicides are dropping, contrary to global trend
*In the past year the Drug War in Mexico has claimed twice as many lives than the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.