Again Iraq has been ranked the least peaceful country. In the Middle East, Israel and Lebanon are ranked right behind Iraq, being 2nd and 3rd least peaceful in the ME. This surprises me, as it did last year, because Israel and Lebanon seem to be such peaceful countries compared to Iraq.
I found this to be interesting: "The notion of peace and its value are poorly understood. There are competing definitions of peace, and most research into peace is, in fact, the study of violent conflict. Peace is not a subject of study that is considered essential in Economics, History, Literature, Political Sciences or International Relations."
It's true: peace is essential in order to have a robust economy, and Iraq has not seen peace in decades. Neither have Israel or Lebanon, I suppose, but in both countries the violence seems to have peaked long ago, hopefully.
The five least peaceful countries are Iraq, Somalia, Afghanistan, Sudan, and Pakistan. In all five countries the sectarian violence, much of it perpetrated by Wahhabi militants and other Islamic fundamentalists, is clear. Israel is ranked 6th.