US ranking drops to 114 on 2017 Global Peace Index

The Sydney-based Institute for Economics and Peace released its 2017 Global Peace Index -- and the United States doesn't fare well in the standings.

The U.S. ranked 114, between Rwanda and El Salvador, on the index, based on a wide range of factors.

The institute ranks 163 countries, which includes more than 99.7 percent of the world's population.

The measures global peace using three domains, including safety and security in society, domestic or international conflict and the degree of militarization.

See the top 20 most peaceful countries:

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1. Iceland

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2. New Zealand

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3. Portugal

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4. Austria

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5. Denmark

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6. Czech Republic

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7. Slovenia

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8. Canada

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9. Switzerland.

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10. Ireland (tie)

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10. Japan (tie)

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12. Australia

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13. Bhutan

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14. Norway

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15. Hungary

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16. Germany

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17. Finland

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18. Sweden

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19. Belgium (tie)

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19. Netherlands (tie)

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America's rank dropped 11 spots since since last year. The analysis attributes the change to a "deterioration in intensity of organized internal conflict and level of perceived criminality in society." Both are strongly linked to the ongoing political turmoil.

China and Russia also have poor rankings, coming in at 116 and 151 respectively on the index.

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On the other hand, Iceland is at the top, followed by New Zealand, Portugal, Austria, and Denmark. Check out the full list of the top 20 peaceful countries in the gallery above.

See the least peaceful countries rocked by violence:

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163. Syria

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162. Afghanistan 

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161. Iraq

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160. South Sudan

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159. Yemen

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158. Somalia

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157. Libya

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155. Sudan (tie)

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155. Central African Republic (tie)

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154. Ukraine

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153. Democratic Republic of Congo

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152. Pakistan

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151. Russia

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150. North Korea.

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149. Nigeria

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148. Lebanon

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146. Turkey (tie)

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146. Colombia (tie) 

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145. Palestine

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144. Israel

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143. Venezuela

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Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria are at the very bottom.

The report notes in the news statement, that even with continued conflict in the Middle East and "increased instability in the United States," the world average peace score actually increased this year.

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