Trusted by governments, policymakers, the private sector, academia and the media, the Armed Conflict Database provides in-depth data, timelines and reports on conflicts worldwide.

The database allows users to inform their decision-making and enhance their research by assessing the effects of armed conflict on a region or a country.

  • Users can view historic trends and patterns in conflicts, and read regular reports on new conflict trends
  • Using the powerful data tool, subscribers can run customised searches, as well as view and download data 24/7, whatever their location
  • ACD is essential to a wide range of conflict-related projects and research

New features and benefits (for private sector and academic users)

  • Enhanced data query functions, enabling users to run fast, customised queries and download results to Excel*                  [*Premium tier only]
  • Interactive maps (world, region, conflict-level) showing timeline incidents on a month-by-month basis
  • Improved analytics, enabling users to view usage statistics
  • Data tools include conflict timelines, enabling quick comparisons across multiple conflicts
  • Ability to compare multiple data sets, such as fatalities, IDP and refugee flows, across conflicts in one view 
  • Addition of location data to timeline events
  • Improved search function
  • Non-state armed groups renamed ‘conflict parties’. Users now have the ability to click through from a particular conflict to the relevant page giving more information on the conflict party (and vice versa)
  • The three separate Pakistan conflicts (Balochistan, KPK, Sectarian violence) merged into one Pakistan conflict

Private sector

The ACD is an excellent business intelligence tool, providing data and up-to-date background information for companies seeking to invest in a new region or country. With a clear understanding of the local context, corporate users can shape their risk profile and provide accurate briefings to in-country staff.


  • The information in reports and downloadable data can help reveal trends and patterns across conflicts and over time
  • Reports identify new and ongoing trends in conflicts and can help identify shifts in indicators of conflict/tension over time, as well as in intensity
  • Data can be used for conflict-specific and comparative projects
  • The information is a useful teaching resource, especially on the dynamics of the development of conflicts, and on the current situation
  • Source of information for researchers and students undertaking case studies involving a specific conflict or country

Case studies

  • The ACD would provide good source material and analysis for a project on non-state armed groups fighting each other in Syria or Iraq and their targeting patterns
  • A researcher looking at the impact of natural resources on conflict would find the ACD to be a valuable source of information on the conflicts they were studying, and could allow them to compare the geography of the conflict with the geography of natural resources in the country
  • Students doing an assignment on conflict management could search the ACD to find background information on conflict parties, including information on their motivations and behaviour


Contact Robert Hopgood

Purchase the ACD

If you are interested in purchasing an ACD licence for your institution, please contact Robert Hopgood by calling +44 207 395 9911 or using the contact form below.

Existing User?

Your new ACD database

All existing subscribers receive a free upgrade to the new system. You'll find all the data and functionality of the original system, with new features and a streamlined interface at your fingertips.

President and CEO of the International Rescue Committee

David Miliband

 'The IISS Armed Conflict Database is an excellent resource for humanitarian data and conflict trends.'

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