The Armed Conflict Survey is a flagship IISS publication highlighting the trends in conflicts around the world over the last year.

The latest edition provides in-depth analysis of the political, military and humanitarian dimensions of all major armed conflicts, as well as data on fatalities, refugees and internally displaced persons. Compiled by the IISS, publisher of The Military Balance, it is the standard reference work on contemporary conflict with essays by some of the world's leading authorities on armed conflict.

For the 2017 edition, key themes include:

  • Conflict-related sexual violence
  • The changing foundations of governance by non-state armed groups such as the Islamic State
  • The increasing challenges of UN peacekeeping in the twenty-first century

The book analyses political, military and humanitarian trends in 36 conflicts around the world including Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, South Sudan, Israel–Palestine, Southern Thailand, Colombia and Ukraine. The publication contains detailed breakdowns of each conflict and an assessment of cross-regional trends including urban warfare, the lessons of the Islamic State’s decline and the challenge of wars without end.

The IISS Director-General and Chief Executive, Dr John Chipman, presented the research findings alongside a panel of experts. IISS members will receive copies as part of their membership package.

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The book launch was chaired by Dr John Chipman, IISS Director-General and Chief Executive. It took place in the fifth-floor Lee Kuan Yew Room at Arundel House, 13-15 Arundel Street, Temple Place, London WC2R 3DX.

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Book Launch
Arundel House, London
Tuesday 9 May 2017, 9.30–10.30am BST

Armed Conflict Survey 2017

The Armed Conflict Survey provides in-depth analysis of the political, military and humanitarian dimensions of all major armed conflicts.