The effect of COVID-19 on public health around the world has been stark – some 4 million fatalities.

But what’s been the effect on global conflict?

The Institute for Economics and Peace publishes an annual Global Peace Index. The 2021 report shows COVID-19 has actually decreased violence in the world’s most traditionally troubled area – the Middle East and North Africa.

But it has increased strife in the US.

Australian businessman Steve Killelea is the founder of the institute.

Presenter: Andrew West
Producer: Muditha Dias
Sound Engineer: Emrys Cronin
Editor: Joe Gelonesi

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