Chart of the week: Counting conflicts

We track the number and types of conflicts around the world to measure the actual state of peace.

While there has been a dramatic fall in the number of deaths from internal conflict, this chart shows that the total number of conflicts has continued to rise.

The largest increase in conflict type occurred for the ‘non-state violence’ category of conflict. Non-state violence conflicts are defined as “the use of armed force between two organised armed groups, neither of which is the government of a state, which results in at least 25 battle-related deaths in a year.”

The latest Global Peace Index shows that all six of the indicators in the Ongoing Conflict domain deteriorated between 2008 and 2019. However, this deterioration was concentrated in less than a quarter of all GPI countries. Most countries had little direct experience of violent conflict, and registered no change on most of the six indicators of conflict between 2008 and 2019.