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Appendix 2A. Patterns of major armed conflicts, 1998–2007


I. Major armed conflicts in a wider context

II. Global patterns in major armed conflict

III. Regional patterns

IV. Changes in the list of major armed conflicts for 2007

V. Patterns in non-state conflict, 2002–2006

Table 2A.1. Regional distribution, number and type of major armed conflict, 1998–2007

Table 2A.2. Regional distribution of locations with at least one major armed conflict, 1998–2007

Table 2A.3. Major armed conflicts, 2007

Figure 2A.1. Regional distribution and total number of major armed conflicts, 1998–2007


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In 2007, 14 major armed conflicts were active in 13 locations around the world. Over the past decade the global number of active major armed conflicts has declined overall, but the decline has been very uneven, with major drops in 2002 and 2004 and an increase in 2005.



Lotta Harbom (Sweden) is a Research Assistant with the Uppsala Conflict Data Program at the Department of Peace and Conflict Research, Uppsala University.


Professor Peter Wallensteen (Sweden) is Dag Hammarskjöld Chair in Peace and Conflict Research at Uppsala University, where he directs the Uppsala Conflict Data Program, and Richard G. Starmann Sr Research Professor of Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame.