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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

    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, 9.30–10.30PM BST

  • 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

  • Events

    Adelphi Book Launch: Fighting and Negotiating with Armed Groups

    01 September 2016. 

    Book Launch
    Dr Samir Puri, Lecturer, Department of War Studies, King’s College London
    Arundel House, London
    Thursday 1 September 2016, 12.30–1.30PM BST

  • Expert Commentary

    South China Morning Post: Boiling point

    25 August 2016.  By William Choong, Shangri-La Dialogue Senior Fellow for Asia-Pacific Security Faced with a crushing defeat in the South China Sea arising from the historic Permanent Court of Arbitration judgment last month, China has upped the ante in the East China Sea. On Sunday, Tokyo protested to Beijing after Chinese coastguard ships sailed into the 12-nautical-mile territorial sea surrounding the disputed Senkaku/Diaoyu islands. Earlier this month, on August 5, Chinese fishing vessels entered the...

  • Strategic Comments

    Turbulence in the Taiwan Strait

    24 August 2016. 

    The election of Tsai Ing-wen as president of Taiwan by an electorate increasingly inclined towards independence has made Beijing less tolerant of strategic ambiguity and more apt to attempt to impose reunification. Washington may need to undertake more proactive diplomacy to stave off a military confrontation.

  • Expert Commentary

    War on the Rocks: "Assad or we burn the country"

    24 August 2016.  By Emile Hokayem, Senior Fellow for Middle East Security Prior to the uprising that ignited in Syria in 2011, whenever I discussed politics with my urbanite Syrian interlocutors, they would often tell me: "You, the Lebanese, you are violent, corrupt, sectarian, with no sense of a nation or a state." (I also noted that Iraqis would endure similar lecturing). Frankly, they were largely right, but their real point lay somewhere else. The...

  • IISS Voices

    Jonathan Stevenson: ISIS's bad week

    18 August 2016.  In light of ISIS's recent setbacks, the group’s strategic decline in the broader Middle East is more a trend than an aberration, argues Jonathan Stevenson.

  • Strategic Comments

    Nigeria’s security under Buhari

    10 August 2016. 

    Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has made progress in containing the jihadist group Boko Haram in the northeast, but in other parts of the country he faces burgeoning security challenges. These include Niger Delta rebels attacking oil facilities, Biafran separatists confronting security forces, Muslim pastoralists fighting Christian farmers and Shia Muslim political agitation. Buhari will need to formulate and fund considered policies to stem the rise of each element and prevent some from converging with others.

  • Events

    Transitioning from Colombia’s Long War

    27 July 2016. 

    Discussion Meeting
    HE Néstor Osorio Londoño, Colombia’s Ambassador to the United Kingdom
    Dr Samir Puri, Lecturer, King's College London; author of upcoming Adelphi book Fighting and Negotiating with Armed Groups
    Antônio Sampaio, Research Associate for Security and Development, IISS
    Gwen Burnyeat, Wolfson Scholar, PhD Student, University College London
    Arundel House, London
    Wednesday 27 July 2016, 12–1.30PM BST