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

    The IISS Manama Dialogue 2016

    09 December 2016. 

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

  • 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...

  • Events

    Military innovation and adaptation: keeping the cutting edge sharp

    23 November 2016. 

    Corporate Roundtable
    Brigadier (Retd) Ben Barry, Senior Fellow for Land Warfare, IISS
    Arundel House, London
    Wednesday 23 November 2016, 8–9AM BST

  • Events

    The Islamic State: Between Aspirations and Reality

    17 November 2016. 

    IISS Manama Dialogue Discourse Series
    Nelly Lahoud, Senior Fellow for Political Islamism, IISS–Middle East
    IISS–Americas, Washington DC
    Thursday 17 November 2016, 10–11AM EST

  • Events

    Jihadism transformed: Al-Qaeda and Islamic State’s global battle of ideas

    17 November 2016. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Dr Akil N. Awan, Associate Professor in Modern History, Political Violence and Terrorism, Royal Holloway
    Virginia Comolli, Senior Fellow for Security and Development, IISS
    Dr Martha Turnbull, Head, National Security Research Group, Foreign & Commonwealth Office
    Dr Simon Staffell, UK government expert
    Arundel House, London
    Thursday 17 November 2016, 1.30–3PM GMT

  • Strategic Comments

    North Korea: US and allied military options

    02 November 2016. 

    North Korean nuclear bomb and ballistic missile tests may require the United States and its regional allies to take a harder look at military options against North Korea. Pre-emptive or preventive attack is fraught with downsides. But uncertainties surrounding deterrence and worries about potential North Korean brinkmanship could keep that option salient.

  • Events

    It’s a deal: the business of peacebuilding

    01 November 2016. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Dr Elke Grawert, Senior Researcher, Bonn International Center for Conversion
    Arundel House, London
    Tuesday 1 November 2016, 12.30–1.30PM GMT

  • Expert Commentary

    The end of the Islamic State will make the Middle East worse

    28 October 2016.  In this article for the Washington Post, Emile Hokayem looks at what will happen in the Middle East as the Islamic State loses power, arguing that the group's weakening will bring more potent problems to the surface.

  • Expert Commentary

    A non-territorial Islamic State

    26 October 2016.  In this essay for Horizons, the in-house journal of the Center for International Relations and Sustainable Development (CIRSD), Nelly Lahoud examines the state-building track record of the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, as well as that of its parent group, the Islamic State of Iraq.

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Armed Conflict Database

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