January 22, 2022

Reference: Report/Data: “Trends in Armed Conflict, 1946–2015”

Trends in Armed Conflict, 1946–2015 was recently published by the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO).

From the Report:

The world reached a level of conflict deaths in 2014–2015 that is unparalleled in the post-Cold War period. The ability of the international community to contain some of the conflicts that have the greatest regional impacts determines whether we will see a long-term trend of intensified conflict, or a return to lower levels of violence.

Brief Points

  • There has been a slight decline in total battle deaths from 2014 to 2015.
  • Due to the conflicts in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, the number of casualties in 2014 and 2015 has risen to the highest level since the end of the Cold War.
  • The number of armed conflicts in the world rose from 41 to 50 from 2014 to 2015, mostly due to an increase in rebel groups pledging allegiance to the Islamic State.


Direct to Full Text Report (4 pages; PDF)


Dupuy, Kendra; Scott Gates; Håvard Mokleiv Nygård; Ida Rudolfsen; Håvard Strand & Henrik Urdal (2016) Trends in Armed Conflict, 1946–2015, Conflict Trends, 8. Oslo: PRIO.

See Also: Trends in Armed Conflict, 1946–2014 (via PRIO)

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