n Conflict Trends - A new peace in Africa?

Volume 2008, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 1561-9818


Following the end of the Cold War, the number of armed conflicts being waged around the world declined sharply. By 2005, there were 40% fewer conflicts of all types than in 1991, while high-intensity conflicts declined by some 80%. The one region in the world in which there was no sustained decline was sub-Saharan Africa, where there were 25% more conflicts in the 1990s than in the 1980s. Towards the end of the 1990s, while most of the rest of the world was becoming less violent, Africa's conflict numbers and associated death tolls increased considerably.

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