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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

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.

  • IISS Voices

    Pragmatic intergroup alliance in the Sahel threatens to further undermine stability

    02 May 2017.  The merger of several armed groups affiliated to al-Qaeda increases the risk of attacks in Mali and the wider region, although several factors make its long-term survival unlikely.

  • ACD Insight

    Pragmatic intergroup alliance in the Sahel threatens to further undermine stability

    02 May 2017.  The merger of several armed groups affiliated to al-Qaeda increases the risk of attacks in Mali and the wider region, although several factors make its long-term survival unlikely.

  • Strategic Comments

    TLAMs in Syria

    12 April 2017. 

    The United States' Tomahawk cruise-missile strikes on the Syrian regime's Shayrat Air Base in retaliation for the regime's sarin attack are unlikely to advance peace in Syria. The regime and its main supporters, Russia and Iran, remain defiant, and the Trump administration appears inclined to frame the strikes as a relatively narrow deterrent against chemical weapons attacks and keep counter-terrorism its main priority in Syria for now.

  • Expert Commentary

    Three ways Hamburg is innovating in response to the migrant crisis

    12 April 2017.  The German city is taking bold steps to support new arrivals. See the key lessons for other European cities.

  • IISS Voices

    AMISOM’s withdrawal raises concerns about long-standing security problems in Somalia

    11 April 2017.  Peacekeepers may need to continue to support Somali forces for much longer than planned, given the current security situation.

  • ACD Insight

    AMISOM’s withdrawal raises concerns about long-standing security problems in Somalia

    11 April 2017.  Peacekeepers may need to continue to support Somali forces for much longer than planned, given the current security situation.

  • Events

    Saving Afghanistan’s Transition

    11 April 2017. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Professor William Maley, Professor of Diplomacy, Asia Pacific College of Diplomacy, The Australian National University
    Christina Lamb, Chief Foreign Correspondent, The Sunday Times
    Arundel House, London
    Tuesday 11 April 2017, 1–2pm BST

  • Strategic Comments

    Shia militias in Iraq

    31 March 2017. 

    Shia militias, some backed by Iran, are now playing an essential role in ejecting the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, from Iraq. There remain stiff challenges associated with the militias' post-ISIS integration into the regular Iraqi security forces and potential availability for other more destabilising Iranian missions. Reining in the Iran-supported militias will be especially difficult.

  • Strategic Comments

    The urban refugee crisis

    21 March 2017. 

    The Syrian refugee crisis has highlighted the urgent need to address the multi-dimensional challenges presented by urban refugees more effectively. In particular, a municipal approach that better coordinates the efforts of national and local authorities, with an eye to increasing local capacity and building social cohesion, is needed.

  • Survival

    The Logic of American Strategy in the Middle East

    20 March 2017.  The Department of Defense remains engaged in the Middle East because doing so serves both America’s interests and those of its regional allies and partners.

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Armed Conflict Database

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