Conflict Patterns

​​​​Is the world becoming more peaceful? The overarching goal of all peace research, including PRIO, is to promote this trend. It is therefore not surprising that PRIO is engaged in tracking conflict trends. For a large number of trends, the current statistics convey a very pleasant result: The world getting more peaceful!

30/11/2021
Record Number of Children at Risk of Being Recruited by Armed Actors

​Today, Save the Children launched its new report Stop the War on Children: A crisis of recruitment. The report is based on a new mapping of children at risk of being recruited or used in armed conflict conducted at PRIO, as well an update of the yearly estimation of children living in conflict zones. The findings are alarming. In 2020, approximately 337 million children, or more than 1 in 8 children, were living in a conflict zone in which one or more actors recruited children. This is the highest recorded number of children at risk of being recruited by armed actors.

17/08/2021
CHS and PRIO to Launch Report on Conflict Trends in the Arab World

The Center for Conflict and Humanitarian Studies (CHS), in collaboration with the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) , will jointly release a major report analysing conflict trends in the Arab world from 1946 to 2019. A joint online conference will be held by both partners on 25 August 2021 (4:00 PM Doha time) to launch the report, which will be simultaneously made available on their websites.

09/07/2021
PRIO Data Travel the World

The journalist Joshua Goodman of the Associated Press yesterday released the article “Global COVID deaths hit 4 million amid rush to vaccinate». He refers to the PRIO battledeaths data and the Uppsala Conflict Data Program to illustrate the deadliness of the virus.

This news story has since it’s publication been shared by more than 1,300 news outlets worldwide, and the number keeps growing by the hour. One example is this piece from the Huffington Post.

16/06/2021
New Conflict Data for 2020 Shows More Conflicts, Fewer Deaths

​The 2020 update of the Uppsala Conflict Data Program is now available, and reveals interesting trends in armed conflict for the last year, including more conflicts but also fewer deaths.

04/06/2021
Conflict Cartographer Project Opens Again for Conflict Predictions

​Round three of conflict prediction in the Conflict Cartographer project is now open. Country and area experts are invited to add their conflict predictions using the project app. The project focuses on 35 countries in Africa that have experienced conflict within the past five years.

04/03/2021
Conflict Cartographer Project Opens for Conflict Predictions

​Round two of conflict prediction in the Conflict Cartographer project is now open. Country and area experts are invited to add their conflict predictions using the project app. The project focuses on 35 countries in Africa that have experienced conflict within the past five years.

18/12/2019
Young Researcher Talent Funding for Andreas Forø Tollefsen

Andreas Forø Tollefsen has been granted funding for the three-year project Geographies of Conflict-Induced Migration (CONMIG). In addition to the project leader Andreas Forø Tollefsen, the project will include Marta Bivand Erdal and Kerstin Fisk (Loyola Marymount University).

Congratulations!

Why do some conflicts generate massive displacement flows, while others do not?​

18/12/2019
Now Funded: TRUST: A Project on the Impact of Refugees on Host Communities

Despite the magnitude of displacement, extant knowledge on how refugees affect host populations is derived almost exclusively from Western societies. We lack completely evidence-based, generalizable insights of such dynamics in the Global South.

A project addressing this challenge has today received funding from the FRIPRO Programme of the Research Council of Norway: TRUST:  Attitudinal Impacts of Refugees on Host Communities in the Global South.

The project will last for 3.5 years, and will be led by Halvard Buhaug. Other PRIO members of the project team are Andreas Forø Tollefsen and Siri Aas Rustad, as well as a new PhD position. Congratulations!

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