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According to UCDP Armed Conflict Data, there has been a sharp increase in the number of state-based conflicts over the past 10 years. Several new or previously dormant conflicts reignited in 2020: state-based conflict was recorded in Tanzania for the first time in the dataset; and the war in Azerbaijan resulted in more than three times as many fatalities as ever before.

However, some of the deadliest conflicts of the last decade deescalated between 2019 and 2020, such as those in Afghanistan and Syria. Despite the de-escalation of some wars, low-intensity conflicts accounted for more conflicts in 2020 than at any other point since the beginning of the dataset in 1946.

Click for a link to the event on Microsoft Teams here. NB: The time of this event has changed! It is now 12-13.30 Oslo time.

We invite you to attend the seminar on 17 June at 10:00 CEST where we will present newly released 2020 UCDP Armed Conflict Data to explore how conflict trends have developed over the past year. Some questions we will address include:

• What do growing conflicts in Myanmar and between India and China mean for ‘East Asian Peace’?

• How do low-intensity conflicts affect people living in conflict-affected areas?

Join PRIO researchers for a discussion of the latest, up-to-date conflict data, and how this impacts our understanding of the world today.


Håvard Mokleiv Nygård, Norad


• Håvard Strand – Conflict Trends 1946-2020

• Stein Tønnesson – Conflict Trends in Asia and Current Events in Myanmar

• Siri Aas Rustad – Conflict-Affected People

Register for this event to get a reminder. The event can be accessed here.