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UCDP Newsletter #20



Reflecting on our journey with the UCDP Newsletter

Director's note

Welcome to the Uppsala Conflict Data Program (UCDP) Newsletter!

As we come to the end of 2023, let us take a moment to reflect on our journey through the UCDP Newsletter. Our monthly briefs have been dedicated to providing insights into global trends in organized violence, as well as keeping you informed about data releases, upcoming datasets, and other research materials from UCDP. Our goal has been to offer quick yet informative overviews to help you stay up-to-date with the latest developments.

Our coverage spanned from the strategic developments in Nagorno-Karabakh to the persistent challenges in Ukraine, and from the political upheaval in Niger to the intricate dynamics of the conflict in Sudan. We have published 10 issues of the UCDP Newsletter this year with our team at the Department of Peace and Conflict Research at Uppsala University. These products have been sent to nearly one thousand subscribers from various sectors of society every month.

We have aimed to demonstrate our commitment to accessible, scholarly discourse through each edition. We are grateful for your continued readership and support!

As a resource that is freely available, we are always encouraged by the engagement and feedback we receive from our readers. Let us know if there's anything more we can do to improve our newsletter. In the upcoming year, we remain dedicated to providing accurate, insightful briefings that not only inform but also provoke thought and discussion.

We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Best regards,
Magnus Öberg
UCDP Director


Mert Can Yilmaz, Uppsala Conflict Data Program

In November 2023, Asia, Africa, and Europe observed an increase in fatalities due to organized violence compared to the previous month, whereas in the Americas, it remained at similar levels.

The trend in the Middle East continued to be driven by the escalation in the Israel: Palestine conflict. Over the month of November, UCDP Candidate Events Data included more than 6000 fatalities in this conflict, similar to the death toll reported in October. A significant part of the casualties are coded as being of unknown identity -though they are most likely civilians. The preliminary data will be updated as we collect further information.

The five deadliest state-based conflicts in November 2023 included Israel: Palestine, Russia-Ukraine, Sudan: Government, Burkina Faso: Government, and Nigeria: Islamic State.

In Mexico, the situation of non-state conflicts remained tense with over 300 deaths attributed to ongoing clashes between rival cartels. The Jalisco New Generation Cartel continued to be the most active group in these deadly confrontations. Similarly, Brazil and Nigeria also struggled with significant non-state conflicts.

November 2023 witnessed severe one-sided violence in Sudan's West Darfur. Around 1300 civilians from Massalit tribe were killed by the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) and their allied militias in Ardamata. The brutality of these attacks, which involved killings, rapes, looting, and the burning of homes, was likened to previous instances of ethnic cleansing against the Massalit. Despite the already high death toll reported, further accounts suggest that the actual number of casualties could be even higher.


Source: UCDP Candidate Events Dataset 23.0.11

The Uppsala Conflict Data Program (UCDP) is the world’s main provider of data on organized violence and the oldest ongoing data collection project for civil war, with a history of almost 40 years. Its definition of armed conflict has become the global standard of how conflicts are systematically defined and studied.


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