Deaths from Organized Violence

Deaths from organized violence include battle deaths (from state-based and non-state armed conflict) and deaths from one-sided violence.

Battle deaths are reported and codable deaths that are the direct result of combat between warring parties in a conflict. The majority of battle deaths will be combatants; however, civilians caught in the crossfire are also included.

Deaths from one-sided violence are reported and codable deaths of civilians who were killed by a government or formally organized group.

Excess deaths are deaths that would not have occurred in the absence of armed conflict. This category includes both direct deaths (i.e., battle deaths) and indirect deaths (i.e., deaths from war exacerbated disease and malnutrition). There are no datasets that attempt to quantify excess death tolls at the global level. Estimates have been made of excess death tolls in individual countries; some of these have been sharply contested.

There are no datasets that provide estimates of civilian deaths from armed conflicts at the global level.

Six regions are used in the presentation of the data on deaths from organized violence.

State-Based Armed Conflicts

Battle-deaths from state-based armed conflicts 1946-2007
Battle-deaths from state-based armed conflicts by type of conflict 1946-2007
Average number of battle deaths per state-based armed conflict 1946-2007
Battle deaths from state-based armed conflicts per conflict-year, by decade 1950-2007
Battle deaths from state-based armed conflicts per year, per million of world population 1950-2007
Battle deaths from state-based armed conflicts by region 1946-2007
Battle deaths from state-based armed conflicts by region, by type of conflict 1946-2007
Battle deaths from state-based armed conflicts: Country-level data (latest year)
2007

Non-State Armed Conflicts

Battle deaths from non-state armed conflicts 2002-2007
Battle deaths from non-state armed conflicts by region 2002-2007
Battle deaths from non-state armed conflicts: Country-level data (latest year)
2007

One-Sided Violence

Deaths from one-sided violence 1989-2007
Deaths from one-sided violence by region 1989-2007
Deaths from one-sided violence: Country-level data (latest year) 2007