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Ukraine to Colombia: Seven nations in 'Extreme' conflict zones

Khalid Umar Malik
26 Sep 2023, 12:12 GMT+10

DHAKA, Bangladesh - According to new research that ranks political violence worldwide, Bangladesh ranks 22nd out of the world's 50 most conflict-ridden countries.

Myanmar, which has the most armed groups in the world, was rated "extreme," followed by Syria and Mexico.

According to the data, Ukraine, Nigeria, Brazil, Yemen, Iraq, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Colombia ranked fourth to tenth on the list, rating "extreme."

Conversely, Russia ranked 39th with a rating of "turbulent," the third of four categories with the top rating of "extreme."

Bangladesh was ranked 22nd with a "high" rating, the second category.

Afghanistan, neighboring India, and financially troubled Pakistan were ranked 13th, 16th, and 19th with "high" ratings, respectively.

The United States was ranked 50th out of 50 most conflict-ridden countries.

According to the Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project (ACLED), the United States' ranking is driven by rising levels of political violence and the proliferation of far-right groups in the country in recent years.

ACLED, a nonprofit data collection, analysis, and crisis mapping organization based in the US state of Wisconsin, collects data for over 240 countries and territories worldwide.

It recorded over 139,000 incidents of political violence worldwide in one year to early September, a 27% increase over the previous year.

The ACLED conflict index ranks every country and territory based on four indicators: deadliness, danger to civilians, geographic diffusion, and armed group fragmentation, using data from the previous year.

While most countries experienced at least one incident of political violence in the previous year, 50 were ranked as having the highest levels of conflict, receiving ratings of "extreme," "high," or "turbulent."

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