However, the picture is not universally positive. The rise of Islamic State and other groups like AQAP in the Middle East since the Arab Spring has exerted a drastic limit on prosperity growth in the region.
The Western world is not immune to challenges either. American prosperity has stagnated over the past decade. Even countries that were less badly affected by the financial crisis, like Australia, have seen prosperity decline over the past decade. Indeed, it is the only country in the top 20 to have seen prosperity fall.