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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 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

    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 Elisabeth Kendall, Senior Research Fellow in Arabic and Islamic Studies, Pembroke College, Oxford University
    Dr Simon Staffell, UK government expert
    Arundel House, London
    Thursday 17 November 2016, 1.30–3PM BST

  • Events

    The Strategic Logic of Organised Crime

    14 October 2016. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Dr James Cockayne, Head of the UN University Office, UN
    Bianca Jinga, Governance Advisor, DFID
    Arundel House, London
    Friday 14 October 2016, 12.30–1.30PM BST

  • Events

    African youth: addressing the root causes of insecurity and migration

    03 October 2016. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Marije Balt, Director, SpringFactor
    Arundel House, London
    Monday 3 October 2016, 12.30–1.30PM BST

  • IISS Voices

    Chris Raggett: 50 Years of Strategic Survey

    28 September 2016.  On 27 September the IISS launched Strategic Survey 2016, the 50th edition in the series. Here, Chris Raggett takes a look at past editions and highlights the lessons we can learn from taking a long look at history.

  • Events

    Strategic Survey 2016: The Annual Review of World Affairs

    27 September 2016. 

    Book Launch
    Dr John Chipman, Director-General and Chief Executive, IISS
    Virginia Comolli, Senior Fellow for Security and Development
    Emile Hokayem, Senior Fellow for Middle East Security
    Dr Nicholas Redman, Director of Editorial and Editor of Strategic Survey
    Adam Ward, Director of Studies
    Arundel House, London
    Tuesday 27 September 2016, 9.30–10.30AM BST

  • IISS Voices

    Strategic Survey 2016: The Annual Review of World Affairs

    26 September 2016.  The 2016 edition looks at the trends that shaped relations between global powers in the past year: rising populism across the world, intractable conflict in the Middle East, increasingly assertive foreign policy from China and Russia, and many more.

  • Strategic Comments

    Libya’s faltering new government

    21 September 2016. 

    The new UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) has based itself in Tripoli. But the GNA has failed to muster an effective nationwide military capability and is rivalled for national authority by the Tobruk-based House of Representatives (HOR), which controls the Libyan National Army, Libya's most cohesive armed organisation, as well as Libya's oil ports. Although GNA-linked forces have decimated the Islamic State in and around Sirte, the new government's unsteady hold on Tripoli is vulnerable to HOR challenge.

  • Events

    Adelphi Book Launch: Business and Conflict in Fragile States

    16 September 2016. 

    Book Launch
    Dr Brian Ganson, Head of the Africa Centre for Dispute Settlement, University of Stellenbosch Business School
    Dr Achim Wennmann, Senior Researcher at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva
    Arundel House, London
    Friday 16 September 2016, 12.30–1.30PM BST

  • Survival

    Latin America’s Invisible War

    12 September 2016. 

    Ioan Grillo’s Gangster Warlords and Aldo Civico’s The Para-State draw deserved attention to the violence of Latin America’s drug war.

armed conflict database

Armed Conflict Database

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