As conflicts increase around the world, is the world becoming more dangerous – and is that just human nature?

A new study from Oslo’s Peace Research Institute shows that there were more armed conflicts worldwide in 2023 than any other year since World War II.

Peace studies professor Paul Rogers said the world is “certainly more volatile” than in previous years.

“There were times during the Cold War when it was incredibly dangerous and unstable,” he said Newstalk breakfast.

“It was certainly a period in which there were relatively smaller conflicts than of course the major conflicts such as Myanmar, Ukraine and now of course Gaza.

“There are many uncertainties and the world is becoming more unstable in many ways.”

He noted that there are many more conflicts within continents and between neighboring countries, such as in the Sahara and the Middle East.

“It extends very far to the West, South Asia,” he said.

“Certainly, Sub-Saharan Africa is the point where there are many smaller conflicts that add a lot.”

He said conflicts in countries such as Mozambique, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Sudan are “very much linked to paramilitary Islamists”.

“But that’s not just the case; one also suspects the problem of natural resources.”

Why is the world more dangerous?

When asked if he thought the increase in conflict was simply ‘human nature’, Prof. Rogers said: “God, I hope not.”

“It’s the old story: If war is the answer, then it’s a stupid question,” he said.

I’m afraid we need to learn much better, and we’re not learning fast enough.”

According to Congolese media, dozens have been killed in the Democratic Republic of Congo following attacks by Islamist extremists.

In Sudan, doctors at one of the last functioning hospitals in the besieged Sudanese town of el-Fasher say they were forced to close the hospital after it came under attack.

Russia launched airstrikes on Ukraine two days ago, killing two people, while Hamas claimed 200 Palestinians were killed during an Israeli military operation to rescue four hostages.

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