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

Armed Conflict

This Programme provides rigorous analysis and in-depth examination of the dominant processes and trends in armed conflicts globally.

Expert: Anastasia Voronkova

Dr Anastasia Voronkova

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

New Publication

Armed Conflict Survey

War in Ukraine, years of civil conflict in Syria and ISIS over-running Iraqi cities – all seem to signal a new, more dangerous phase of history. The new IISS Armed Conflict Survey provides a reference guide to the state of the world, with statistics and details on more than 40 of the world’s major conflicts – from Afghanistan to Yemen – plus essays on hybrid war, global jihad and much more.

  • Events

    Rational and irrational actors in a troubled world

    09 December 2015. 

    IISS-Fullerton Lecture
    The Hon Tony Abbott MP,
    Former Prime Minister of Australia
    Fullerton Hotel, Singapore
    Wednesday 9 December 2015, 6-7pm SGT/10-11am GMT

  • Events

    Lessons Encountered – Learning From the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan

    01 December 2015. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Dr Richard Hooker, Director, Institute for National Strategic Studies, US National Defense University
    Arundel House, London
    Tuesday 1 December 2015, 12–1pm

  • IISS Bahrain Bay Forum

    Business Opportunity and Political Risk in the Middle East

    29 November 2015. 

    IISS Bahrain Bay Forum Third Plenary Session
    Chair: Sir John Jenkins, Executive Director, IISS-Middle East 
    Khalid Al Rumaihi, Chief Executive, Bahrain Economic Development Board 
    Tadashi Maeda, Senior Managing Director, Japan Bank for International Cooperation; Member of the Council, IISS 
    Majid Jafar, Chief Executive Officer, Crescent Petroleum 
    Dr Nelly Lahoud, Senior Fellow for Political Islamism, IISS

  • News

    Mali’s prospects for peace

    27 November 2015.  Twenty-one people were killed in the attack on a hotel in Bamako on 20 November by Al-Mourabitoun, one of several radical Muslim factions operating in northern Mali. The recurring conflict between Tuareg actors and the government also continues to threaten security, with the peace process hindered by the prevalence of trafficking and criminality.

  • Events

    Is ISIS making inroads in Sub-Saharan Africa?

    26 November 2015. 

    Virginia Comolli, IISS Research Fellow for Security and Development
    Thursday 26 November 2015, 11am GMT

  • Expert Commentary

    Guardian: The Vienna talks on Syria are a start. But we need a leap of imagination

    20 November 2015.  I desperately hope we can find a security settlement for the region as a whole – an expanded version of the 1989 Taif agreement, which ended the war in Lebanon

  • Events

    The Syrian Jihad: The Evolution of an Insurgency

    19 November 2015. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Charles Lister
    Visiting Fellow at the Brookings Institution’s Doha Centre
    Emile Hokayem
    Senior Fellow for Middle East Security, IISS
    Arundel House, London
    Thursday 19 November 2015

  • Expert Commentary

    Emile Hokayem: Syria between escalation and diplomacy

    18 November 2015.  Emile Hoyakem, IISS Senior Fellow for Middle East Security, speaks to students at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London

  • Expert Commentary

    BBC: RAF 'would make a difference' in Syria

    18 November 2015.  General Sir David Richards speaks to the BBC Radio 4's Today programme about the potential for RAF involvement in Syria

  • Adelphi Books

    Libya: From Euphoria to Breakdown

    17 November 2015.  At the very centre of the Libyan capital of Tripoli, adjacent to both the ancient Ottoman-era medina and the elegant Italian built colonial district, lies Martyrs’ Square. It was on this wide, paved plaza, then called Green Square, that Colonel Muammar Gadhafi’s supporters gathered in defiant demonstrations, amid NATO air-strikes, during the 2011 bombing campaign. Six months later, tens of thousands of Libyans streamed in joyously to the same square...

armed conflict database

Armed Conflict Database

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