It is always a great pleasure to see peace research being recognised and to know that our number crunching and analysis is having a rather significant impact on the world around us.
The Institute for Economics and Peace, the think tank behind Vision of Humanity, has been nominated in several categories for the 2014 Think Tank Index. While we are not yet winners, we are honoured to have received the nomination and have our fingers crossed that we might make the cut.
2014 has been a year of rapid growth for the Institute, and there have been many hurdles and challenges along the way, as well as wonderful moments of achievement and excitement.
Now with a diverse team of researchers, economists, statisticians, data visualisation and communications experts between Oxford, New York, Mexico City and Sydney - we are more optimistic than ever about the future.
In light of this nomination, we’d like to share a few highlights with you.
Highlights from our Director
The highlight of 2014 for Camilla Schippa, Director of IEP, is the inclusion of peace as a goal on the post-2015 agenda. “Peace was notably (and tragically) absent from the Millennium Development Goals, the goals and targets 190 governments agreed to in the year 2000, which have provided a roadmap for development over the past 14 years. Now the world is at it again, governments, international organizations, NGOs, think tanks involved in the post-2015 development agenda are working to define what the next set of goals will be, as of 2015 and into the future. One of the arguments consistently put forth against the inclusion of peace as a goal is that it is not technically possible to measure it. Well, the IEP can take (at least part of) the credit for having proven this wrong. Peace can and has been measured and we are thrilled that in the draft new goals, peace is indeed included, under Goal 16. Let’s keep the pressure on, so that the Peace Goal will make the final cut!”
Highlights from the Research team:
The highlight of 2014 for Daniel Hyslop, head of research at IEP, is the country risk analysis tool released earlier this year. This is a new statistical modelling technique developed by IEP to identify countries most at risk of unrest and violence. “IEP risk models are a step forward in risk analysis and assessment. It provides an accurate framework for identifying vulnerable nation-states before the onset of violence and instability. This research provides important information for development practitioners, governments, NGOs, IGOs, as well as the private sector. The data can be used for early warning efforts and to provide an evidence-base for preventative initiatives to help shift focus away from after-the-fact consequences towards the institutions and structures which build peace in the long term. The risk framework can also be used by investors and business to help accurately price risk in fragile contexts to provide the critical information required to facilitate investment decisions and improve development. These risk frameworks mark a turning point for IEP, and are an extension of IEP’s goal to help build a more peaceful world through generating data, evidence and practical tools on peace.
Highlights from the Communications team:
This highlight of 2014 for Philippa Lysaght, who heads up communications, was the transition of coverage from just highbrow media to trending in mainstream. “The release of the Global Peace Index this year was an absolute blast, and really reflected a significant step forward for us. Not only did we start trending, but we headlined several of the world’s most popular media sites, including Mashable, Buzzfeed, Upworthy and more. This is important as one of the aims of the Institute is to create a paradigm shift in the way the world thinks about peace; while we have been successfully doing this with our research informing and influencing organisations such as the UN, OECD, as well as NGOs, governments and businesses, we also need to win over the hearts and minds of the people. Now we are successfully reaching out to civil society and by featuring on the world’s most popular news media sites, we are starting to see a shift in the way people think about peace, and that's a very exciting thing.”
Highlights from the US Office
The highlight of 2014 for Michelle Breslauer, head of US operations, is the expansion of our teams in North and Central America, as well as the increased engagement with the general public. “Our US office has been busy expanding this year, adding key personnel in New York and launching our Mexico operations. We were thrilled to welcome our new Executive Director Aubrey Fox to the team in May who has been deepening our relationships with think tanks, government, and academics in Washington and New York, including co-hosting events and roundtables with the Center for Strategic and International Studies, speaking on panels at the Wilson Center, and working with top Universities that teach IEP's work. And the public is starting to take note - during this year's Global Peace Index launch, the Daily Show sent a (rather tongue-in-cheek) quote about us.”
The Institute for Economics and Peace has been featured on a list of top think tanks from around the world.
Now, more than ever, we need to spark a global conversation on the state of peace and to engage all members of society with what we can do to create a more peaceful world.
Vision of Humanity is an initiative of the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP). IEP have offices in New York and Sydney. For more specific inquiries related to the peace indexes and research, please contact IEP directly.