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

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.

  • Survival

    Realism, Liberalism and the Iraq War

    17 July 2017.  Of the many conventional wisdoms of American foreign policy, none is more misleading than the notion that the Iraq War was a product of liberalism.

  • Events

    National dialogues: scope and limits as a peacemaking tool

    13 July 2017. 

    Discussion meeting
    Dr Katia Papagianni, Director for Policy and Mediation Support, Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue
    Chaired by Dr Anastasia Voronkova, Research Fellow for Armed Conflict, IISS
    Arundel House, London
    Thursday 13 July, 12.30–1.30pm BST

  • IISS Voices

    Turkey’s border wall no substitute for effective refugee policy

    20 June 2017.  A vast new wall built by Turkey on its border with Syria offers the country some protection from external security threats. But the wall does not address domestic challenges, specifically those posed by the many refugees already inside Turkey. Caitlin Vito argues the investment on the border should be mirrored by an equally robust effort to develop effective, long-term refugee policies.

  • Events

    Tensions in Asia: prospects for the peaceful resolution of conflicts

    15 June 2017. 

    IISS Shangri-La Dialogue 2017 Discussion Series
    Amy Celico, Principal, Albright Stonebridge Group
    Mark Fitzpatrick, Executive Director, IISS–Americas
    Daniel Russel, Diplomat in Residence and Senior Fellow, Asia Society Policy Institute
    Chaired by Rick Grove, President, US Friends of the IISS; CEO, Rutter Associates
    The Princeton Club of New York, New York
    Thursday 15 June, 6.30–8pm EDT

  • Events

    War in cities: new strategic dilemmas in an urban century

    13 June 2017. 

    Discussion meeting
    Avila Kilmurray, Visiting Professor, Transnational Justice Institute, Ulster University
    Vincent Bernard, Editor-in-Chief, International Review of the Red Cross
    Antonio Sampaio, Research Associate for Security and Development, IISS
    Chaired by Virginia Comolli, Senior Fellow for Security and Development, IISS
    Arundel House, London
    Tuesday 13 June, 12.30–1.30pm BST

  • Events

    Harsh Lessons: Iraq, Afghanistan and the Changing Character of War

    02 June 2017. 

    Book Launch
    Brigadier (Retired) Ben Barry OBE, Senior Fellow for Land Warfare, IISS
    IISS Shangri-La Dialogue
    Peony Room, Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore
    22 Orange Grove Road, 258350
    Friday 2 June 2017, 3–4pm SGT

  • Shangri-La Voices

    Asia-Pacific Regional Security Assessment 2017

    01 June 2017.  The Asia-Pacific Regional Security Assessment 2017: Key developments and trends is the fourth in a series of publications covering a range of Asia-Pacific-focused regional strategic, geopolitical, economic, military and security topics. It is published in association with the IISS Shangri-La Dialogue, the International Institute for Strategic Studies’ annual security summit held in Singapore.

  • Strategic Comments

    The battle for Mosul

    15 May 2017. 

    Iraqi government and allied forces are poised to decisively retake Mosul from the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, within the next few months. But the presence of ISIS in Syria will still pose the risk of the group's resurgence in Iraq until the Iraq–Syria border is secure and ISIS has been denied control of Raqqa, its Syrian base and self-declared capital.

  • IISS Voices

    Understanding conflict-related sexual violence

    12 May 2017.  Rape and other forms of sexual violence are not an inevitable consequence of war, and are perpetrated only by some armed actors. Understanding this variation has important implications for designing policy for sexual violence prevention and prosecution efforts, as well as peacekeeping, peacebuilding and transitional justice.

  • IISS Voices

    Urban centres are increasingly affected by war and displacement

    12 May 2017.  Towns and cities are increasingly bearing the brunt of regional conflicts. During 2016, competing forces often resorted to using urban centres as a staging ground for violence, while a growing tendency among refugee populations to settle in towns and cities placed unprecedented strain on host communities and infrastructure. 

armed conflict database

Armed Conflict Database

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