Internal conflicts fought

Internal conflicts fought is one of the 23 indicators of peace measured by the Global Peace Index. It is an 'internal' indicator of peace, meaning it measures peace within a country.


Internal conflicts fought is a quantitative assessment of the number and duration of conflicts that occur within a country’s legal borders. The score for a country is determined by adding the scores for all individual conflicts which have occurred within that country’s legal borders over the last five years.


The Internal conflicts fought indicator is scored on a scale from 1 (no internal conflict) to 5 (very high levels of internal conflict).

The score is based on the number of internal conflicts, and their duration. If a conflict is classified as a war (1,000+ battle-related deaths) it receives a higher score, than if it is an armed conflict (15 – 999 battle-related deaths).


This indicator is calculated based on the Battle-Related Deaths Dataset, Non-State Conflict Dataset and the One-sided Violence Dataset produced by the Uppsala Conflict Data Program (UCDP). UCDP have recorded ongoing violent conflicts since the 1970s.

This indicator is calculated over a five year period, and is two years lagging.

Other Global Peace Index Indicators

The Global Peace Index is comprised of 23 indicators that measure the existence or absence of violence or the fear of violence. These include:

Ongoing Domestic and International Conflict

External Conflicts Fought

Internal Conflicts Fought

Deaths from External Conflict

Deaths from Internal Conflict

Intensity of Internal Conflict

Neighbouring Countries Relations

Societal safety and security

Perceptions of Criminality

Displaced People

Political Instability

Political Terror

Terrorism Impact


Violent Crime

Violent Demonstrations


Security Officers and Police


Military Expenditure

Armed Services Personnel

Weapons Imports

Weapons Exports

UN Peacekeeping Funding

Nuclear and Heavy Weapons

Access to Weapons

Global Peace Index methdology 

Find out more about how the Global Peace Index is constructed, what it measures and what the results show in the Global Peace Index Report

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Global Peace Index Methodology

The Global Peace Index measures the state of peace in 162 countries according to 23 qualitative and quantitative indicators of peace. Find out more about how the index is constructed, a description of the indicators and the scores.

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