External Conflicts Fought


External conflicts fought is one of the 23 indicators of peace measured by the Global Peace Index. It is an ‘external’ indicator of peace, meaning it measures peace outside a country.

Definition

This indicator measures the number and duration of conflicts a country is involved in, outside its legal borders and a country’s role in each conflict. Conflicts are not counted if they have already been included under the internal conflicts fought indicator. 

Scoring

The External conflicts fought indicator is scored on a scale from 1 (no external conflict) to 5 (very high levels of external conflict).

The score is based on the number of external conflicts a country is involved in, the conflicts duration, and the nature of the country’s role.

If a conflict is classified as a war (1,000+ battle-related deaths) it receives a higher score, than if it is an armed conflict (15 – 999 battle-related deaths).

If the country is a primary party to the conflict, the conflict receives a higher score, than if it is a secondary party (supporting the primary party). If a country is a party to a force covered by a relevant United Nations Security Council Resolution, then the conflict score is lower again.

Source

This indicator is calculated based on the Battle-Related Deaths Dataset produced by the Uppsala Conflict Data Program (UCDP). UCDP have recorded ongoing violent conflicts since the 1970s.

This indicator is calculated over a five year period, and is two years lagging.

Other Global Peace Index Indicators

The Global Peace Index is comprised of 23 indicators that measure the existence or absence of violence or the fear of violence. These include:

Ongoing Domestic and International Conflict

External Conflicts Fought

Internal Conflicts Fought

Deaths from External Conflict

Deaths from Internal Conflict

Intensity of Internal Conflict

Neighbouring Countries Relations

Societal safety and security

Perceptions of Criminality

Displaced People

Political Instability

Political Terror

Terrorism Impact

Homicide

Violent Crime

Violent Demonstrations

Incarceration

Security Officers and Police

Militarisation

Military Expenditure

Armed Services Personnel

Weapons Imports

Weapons Exports

UN Peacekeeping Funding

Nuclear and Heavy Weapons

Access to Weapons

Global Peace Index methdology 

Find out more about how the Global Peace Index is constructed, what it measures and what the results show in the Global Peace Index Report

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Global Peace Index Methodology

The Global Peace Index measures the state of peace in 162 countries according to 23 qualitative and quantitative indicators of peace. Find out more about how the index is constructed, a description of the indicators and the scores.


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