The Global Peace Index for 2009. Zambia is the sixth most peaceful nation in Africa. I have my doubts. I fail to see how South Africa is less peaceful than Ivory Coast, even if one takes into account the recent riots.
Cho,The Peace Index always seems to produce some odd results every year. Apparently the Economist Intelligence Unit knows something the rest of us don't about how "at peace" a given nation is with itself and its neighbors. In the case of South Africa, I think that the overall ranking has much to do with high scores in a few isolated metrics (there are 23 indicators, each given an importance weighting of 1-5 by a panel, and the 144 countries are rated solely in relation to each other to determine rankings). The particular indicators that are elevating S.A.'s score are: level of organized internal conflict, perceptions of criminality in society, number of homicides per capita, level of violent crime, ease of access to weapons of minor destruction, and military capability/sophistication.
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