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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

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

    The IISS Shangri-La Dialogue 2016

    03 June 2016. 

    15th Asia Security Summit
    Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore
    3-5 June 2016

  • Events

    The Changing Nature of Terrorism and Counterterrorism

    24 February 2016. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Daniel Byman, Professor, Georgetown University Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service;
    Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution 
    Bruce Hoffman, Professor and Director, Georgetown University Center for Security Studies; Senior Fellow, US Military Academy Combating Terrorism Center
    Chair: Donald Daniel, Adjunct Professor, Georgetown University
    IISS-US, Washington DC
    Wednesday 24 Februrary 2016, 2.00-3.00pm EST

  • Expert Commentary

    Security Times: NATO’s next strategic adaptation

    11 February 2016.  By James Hackett, Editor of The Military Balance and Senior Fellow for Defence and Military Analysis The use of military force to redraw national boundaries on Europe’s borders was a stark reminder to NATO that relations with Russia could deteriorate as well as develop. The alliance began to craft a response to Moscow’s aggression at its 2014 Summit, and the credibility of this response will be measured at NATO’s Warsaw Summit...

  • The Military Balance

    Editor’s Introduction

    09 February 2016. 

    A surge in high-profile terrorist attacks at the end of 2015 added to the increasing crises, conflicts and sense of uncertainty preoccupying the planning staffs of defence ministries worldwide.

  • Expert Commentary

    Foreign Policy: Obama’s Disastrous Betrayal of the Syrian Rebels

    05 February 2016.  By Emile Hokayem, Senior Fellow for Middle East Security What a difference a year makes in Syria. And the introduction of massive Russian airpower. Last February, President Bashar al-Assad’s regime and its Shiite auxiliaries mounted a large-scale attempt to encircle Aleppo, the northern city divided between regime and rebels since 2012 and battered by the dictator’s barrel bombs. Islamist and non-Islamist mainstream rebels — to the surprise of those who have derided...

  • Events

    Peace Without Money, War Without Americans - Can European Strategy Cope?

    04 February 2016. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Professor Dr Sven Biscop, Director, Europe in the World Programme, Egmont – The Royal Institute for International Relations, Belgium
    Arundel House, London
    Thursday 4 February 2016, 12.30-1.30pm

  • Politics and Strategy

    Elizabeth Pond: Gunfight at the Ukraine Corral

    04 February 2016.  2016 promises to be a decisive year for Ukraine. The sudden resignation on 3 February of Economics Minister Aivaras Abromavicius – and the immediate sharp fall of Ukraine's sovereign bonds – suggest that the showdown is at hand, much sooner than expected. The country faces a stark choice. Its second civil-society uprising in a decade could dissolve into infighting among oligarchs, as the first one did. Or, with the help...

  • Events

    Is the campaign against ISIS succeeding?

    03 February 2016. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Linda Robinson, Senior Policy Analyst, RAND Corporation
    Arundel House, London
    Wednesday 3 February 2016, 11.00am-12.00pm

armed conflict database

Armed Conflict Database

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