International experts debate new ways of measuring peace

On 4 and 5 March, the ICIP brought together thirty multidisciplinary international experts on global indicators and indexes, to debate new ways of measuring peace in the world. The international seminar "Measuring Peace. Initiatives, limitations and proposals" aims to analyse some of the limitations and challenges involved in creating a new global index of peace and to provide new proposals and solutions in this area.

The seminar was designed for researchers and organisations working specifically on indicators and measurement of various aspects related to peace and human security, centres proposing an index on how to measure peace or aspects of peace, people who have worked in the areas of human security and peace while not necessarily using indicators, and representatives of leading centres working for peace.

Among the participants were Peter Croll, director of the Bonn International Center for Conversion (BICC); Andrew Mack, director of the Human Security Center (Canada); Monty Marshall, director of the School of Public Policy at George Mason University (USA); Camilla Schippa, vice-president of Global Peace Index (Austràlia); Manuela Mesa, president of the Spanish Association for Research for Peace; Lourdes Beneria, from Cornell University (USA), and representatives of the International Peace Research Institute (PRIO, from Norway) and the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI, Sweden).