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Azaz, 23 April 2013. A mosque damaged in the fighting in Syria (Photo: ICRC)

Armed Conflict

With facts and figures on global conflicts, this IISS research programme also offers extensive analysis on the changing character of armed conflict.

Expert: Anastasia Voronkova

Editor, Armed Conflict Survey; Research Fellow for Armed Conflict and Armed Conflict Database

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Armed Conflict Survey 2016

The Armed Conflict Survey 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.

  • Events

    Security in the Urban Century

    01 March 2017. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Virginia Comolli, Senior Fellow for Security and Development, IISS
    Antônio Sampaio, Research Associate for Security and Development, IISS
    Arundel House, London
    Wednesday 1 March 2017, 5–6.30pm GMT

  • Events

    Harsh Lessons: Iraq, Afghanistan and the Changing Character of War

    23 February 2017. 

    Book Launch
    Brigadier (Retired) Ben Barry OBE, Senior Fellow for Land Warfare, IISS
    Arundel House, London
    Thursday 23 February 2017, 12.30–1.30pm GMT

  • Strategic Comments

    The future of US Syria policy

    17 February 2017. 

    Despite campaign rhetoric suggesting bold changes to US Syria policy, President Trump has few realistic military or political options for major departures from Obama's policy. US policy will probably change only at the margins.

  • The Military Balance

    Editor’s Introduction

    14 February 2017. 

    Amid a sense of surprise and, in many quarters, shock at the result of the US presidential election and the UK’s referendum to leave the EU, there was one constant in 2016 – that the global security environment remained as unremittingly bleak as before.

  • The Military Balance

    Chapter I, Part III: Twenty-first-century challenges to twentieth-century deterrence

    14 February 2017.  Changing strategic environment

    Development of deterrence theory
    Emerging challenges
    Deterrence planning in the twenty-first century
    Implications

  • Strategic Comments

    Colombia: what comes next?

    08 February 2017. 

    The revised peace agreement in Colombia, though still controversial, is salutary. But to implement the agreement effectively, the government will have to follow through on its reintegration obligations to former FARC members and re-establish a presence in rural areas that brings security and stability. This will be an arduous process.

  • Strategic Comments

    The percolating proxy war in Yemen

    02 February 2017. 

    Saudi Arabia and the UAE's military intervention against the Iran-backed Houthis in Yemen, hesitantly supported by the United States, is an opportune way for Riyadh and Abu Dhabi to roll back Iran in the region. But it is also taking a severe toll on Yemen's infrastructure and population that is likely to increase pressure for reinvigorated conflict resolution efforts.

  • IISS Voices

    DRC illustrates the limitations of disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration initiatives

    30 January 2017.  The reported re-emergence of an armed group defeated in the DRC a few years ago has highlighted the limited success of the country’s DDR programme

  • ACD Insight

    DRC illustrates the limitations of disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration initiatives

    30 January 2017.  The reported re-emergence of an armed group defeated in the DRC a few years ago has highlighted the limited success of the country’s DDR programme

  • Strategic Comments

    Social divisions and rising terrorist violence in Turkey

    12 January 2017. 

    In the past 18 months, Turkey has not appreciably reduced Kurdish militant groups' terrorist capabilities or addressed the root causes of their grievances. The country has grown less tolerant of Islamic State activity, and friction between Turkey and its NATO allies has impeded intelligence-sharing about terrorist threats. Accordingly, the level of terrorist violence in Turkey appears set to rise in the months ahead, potentially leading to sustained domestic instability and severe damage to the country’s social fabric.

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Armed Conflict Database

A regularly updated IISS online resource providing detailed information on more than 70 conflicts worldwide.