Overview: Security Stats

Organized violence is an umbrella term used to refer to:

  • State-based armed conflict - fighting between two armed groups, at least one of which is a government;
  • Non-state armed conflict - fighting between two armed groups, neither of which is a government; and
  • One-sided violence - lethal attacks on civilians by governments or formally organized groups.

The Security Stats section presents annual data on the number of conflicts, and campaigns of one-sided violence, as well as the related death tolls.

Additional conflict-related statistics can be found in the various Human Security Report Project (HSRP) publications.

Publications

Organized Violence

Data on the number of state-based armed conflicts have been collected for some time. However, it was not until the HSRP commissioned the Uppsala Conflict Data Program (UCDP) to collect information on non-state armed conflicts, and campaigns of one-sided violence, that these data became available.

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Deaths from Organized Violence

Estimating the number of deaths from state-based armed conflict, non-state armed conflict, and one-sided violence is a challenging and sometimes controversial exercise. The data presented here are ‘best estimates’ and provide a benchmark. It is very possible that there are more deaths than these statistics indicate, but it is unlikely that there are fewer.

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Conflict Monitors

Conflict Onsets and Terminations

The difference between the number of conflict onsets and terminations each year determines whether the overall number of state-based armed conflicts goes up or down. The terminations dataset also provides information on the incidence of reoccurrence of fighting.

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Conflict Monitors

Definitions

Precise definitions - of battle deaths; state-based versus non-state armed conflict; intrastate conflict versus internationalized intrastate conflict, etc., - are essential for statistical research on the patterns and causes of organized violence.

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