Are Muslim Countries More War-Prone? - PRIO

Are Muslim Countries More War-Prone?

PRIO Policy Brief

Gleditsch, Nils Petter & Ida Rudolfsen (2015) Are Muslim Countries More War-Prone?, Conflict Trends, 3. Oslo: PRIO.

In recent years, most civil wars have taken place in Muslim countries. Are Muslim countries more war-prone? Not necessarily, if we look at data for the whole period after World War II. But in the post-Cold War era, most wars are civil wars. Muslim countries have a disproportionate share of these – not because such conflicts have increased, but mainly because other conflicts have declined. This policy brief lists several hypotheses for why this pattern has emerged.


Nils Petter Gleditsch

Nils Petter Gleditsch

Research Professor; Professor Emeritus of Political Science, NTNU

Ida Rudolfsen

Ida Rudolfsen

Doctoral Researcher

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