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

New publication

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.

  • 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.

  • Adelphi Books

    Everyone Loses: The Ukraine Crisis and the Ruinous Contest for Post-Soviet Eurasia

    12 January 2017. 

    With talk in world capitals of a new cold war, this Adelphi examines the roots of the Ukraine crisis, analysing Western and Russian policies in post-Soviet Eurasia since 1991, and providing an assessment of both Russia and the West’s actions post-2014.

  • Events

    The modern law of self-defence

    11 January 2017. 

    Discussion Meeting
    The Right Honourable Jeremy Wright QC MP, Attorney General, UK
    Arundel House, London
    Wednesday 11 January 2017, 5–6pm BST

  • Adelphi Books

    Chapter Two: Contestation entrenched

    14 December 2016. 

    The Cold Peace began to unravel after the ‘colour revolutions’ of 2003–05. In 2004 came the ‘big bang’ enlargement of Euro-Atlantic institutions, and a few years later the five-day war between Russia and Georgia, after which the EU began to play a more active role in post-Soviet Eurasia.

  • Adelphi Books

    Chapter Three: Breaking point

    14 December 2016. 

    This chapter covers the Ukraine crisis itself: the election of Viktor Yanukovych; the developments that led to the Maidan Revolution; the fall of Yanukovych’s government; the occupation and annexation of the Crimean peninsula; the intensification of conflict in eastern Ukraine; and international attempts to resolve the situation.

  • Adelphi Books


    14 December 2016.  The crisis in Ukraine began in November 2013 when a crackdown on students protesting against the government’s decision not to sign an agreement linking the country more closely with the EU led to huge street protests, ending with the overthrow of the president. Russia then occupied and annexed the Crimean peninsula, and supported unrest in the Donbas area of eastern Ukraine. This chapter introduces the concept of the negative-sum game as a metaphor for the conflict, and explores some alternative explanations.

  • Events

    The IISS Manama Dialogue 2016

    09 December 2016. 

    12th Regional Security Summit
    Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain Hotel & Spa, Manama
    9–11 December 2016

  • Manama Voices

    Middle East maritime developments: the shape of things to come

    07 December 2016.  Significant developments around some of the Middle East’s key strategic chokepoints are indicative of how the maritime status quo is being challenged globally, argues Nick Childs. State and non-state actors alike are posing new problems for the traditional naval powers, compelling them to adjust their postures in anticipation of choppier waters.

  • Events

    Radicalisation in Nigeria: getting to know Boko Haram

    02 December 2016. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Mahdi Abdile, Fellow and Senior Researcher, European Institute of Peace
    Arundel House, London
    Friday 2 December 2016, 10.30–11.30AM BST

  • Manama Voices

    Turbulence of 2016 lends greater urgency to IISS Manama Dialogue

    01 December 2016.  This year’s IISS Manama Dialogue takes place amid a set of political, economic, social and security challenges in and around the Middle East and North Africa of a global importance and urgency that we have not seen for decades. As Sir John Jenkins explains, the Dialogue provides a vital forum for some of the most powerful policymakers from the region and beyond to agree on ways to address such pressing...

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Armed Conflict Database

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