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    Council Member Rob Thornton's Avatar
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    Heard a great piece on C-Span on the way back. The Economic Intelligence Unit had put together a Global Peace Index. They were briefing their methodology and fielding questions in D.C.. The discussion was pretty good, but I think a little suspect in the the designers of the index took awhile to admit there was any bias in their assignments of categories, weights and measures to detrmine ranking - when people are involved designing, collecting, analyzing there is always some bias - admitting it helps you guage the impact on the results and helps the audience more easily assimilate it. However, it sounds like they did a reasonable job on a tough issue.

    For us, I think to understand the nature of war and its causes, understanding peace would be helpful. Since security is a component of civilization, this data may also be useful in considering our allocation of resources in terms of providing security and stability in relation to our policy.

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    There's a related story with some good outside links on BBC regarding this study. One highlight of the story:
    The authors themselves acknowledge that there is a lack of data in many countries.

    What impact the new survey will have is unclear. The authors also argue that some countries - like Japan - may benefit from sheltering under the US military umbrella.
    "On the plains and mountains of the American West, the United States Army had once learned everything there was to learn about hit-and-run tactics and guerrilla warfare."
    T.R. Fehrenbach This Kind of War

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