Conflict Trends Reporting

Conflict Trends Reporting
UN Peacekeeper on Duty in Liberia. Photo: UN Photo / Staton Winter
Led by Siri Aas Rustad
Jan 2020 - Dec 2020

​Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 16 calls on the world to achieve peaceful and inclusive societies and to significantly reduce all forms of violence and related deaths everywhere. An important first step in achieving SDG 16 is to understand conflict dynamics over time and across continents, and to know more about the types of violence employed by various actors.

​As part of the Conflict Trends project, funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, we take the lead in this effort by providing a global overview of conflict trends, as well as taking a closer look at regional conflict trends. This approach enables us both to look at accumulative global trends of conflict, and also to look beyond them, uncovering regional variations. The global study looks at data from 1946–2019, while the regional studies focus on the period 1989–2019.

We present and analyse data on trends in conflict at the global level, as well as detailing regional trends in Asia, Africa and the Middle East. In addition to revealing trends in violence, we also provide data and analysis of trends in conflict recurrence, ceasefires, and peace agreements. 

We hope that these empirically grounded overviews of trends in conflict and peace attempts will help policy and decision makers, practitioners, and regional and country experts further understand the contexts they are working in.

For an in-depth understanding of global and regional conflict trends, please see the following PRIO Papers:

Global

Africa

Asia

The Middle East

For an at-a-glance primer, please see these shorter Conflict Trends Policy Briefs:

Global

  • Forthcoming

Africa

Asia

The Middle East

Research Groups

Publications

PRIO Policy Brief

Palik, Júlia; Siri Aas Rustad; Kristian Berg Harpviken & Håvard Mokleiv Nygård (2020) Conflict Trends in the Middle East, 1989–2019, Conflict Trends, 2. Oslo: PRIO.
Palik, Júlia & Siri Aas Rustad (2020) Conflict Trends in Africa, 1989–2019, Conflict Trends, 5. Oslo: PRIO.
Palik, Júlia; Siri Aas Rustad & Fredrik Methi (2020) Conflict Trends in Asia, 1989–2019, Conflict Trends, 7. Oslo: PRIO.

PRIO Paper

Palik, Júlia; Siri Aas Rustad & Fredrik Methi (2020) Conflict Trends: A Global Overview, 1946–2019, PRIO Paper. Oslo: PRIO.
Palik, Júlia; Siri Aas Rustad; Kristian Berg Harpviken & Fredrik Methi (2020) Conflict Trends in the Middle East, 1989–2019, PRIO Paper. Oslo: PRIO.
Palik, Júlia; Siri Aas Rustad & Fredrik Methi (2020) Conflict Trends in Africa, 1989–2019, PRIO Paper. Oslo: PRIO.
Palik, Júlia; Siri Aas Rustad & Fredrik Methi (2020) Conflict Trends in Asia, 1989–2019, PRIO Paper. Oslo: PRIO.