3-19-19 Rotary Peace Fellow Kimberly Weichel spoke about “How to Build and Measure Peace”. Most of her talk covered the work of the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP). The IEP estimates that global violence cost the world economy 12% of GDP in 2017, or $1,988 per person. The Global Peace Index, developed by the IEP, attempts to quantify degrees of peace in 163 countries. It is based on six measures of domestic and internal conflict, ten measures of societal safety and security, and seven measures of militarization. In 2018, the US ranked 121st out of 163 countries because of large weapons exports, a high incarceration rate, and external military conflicts.