Peace and Conflict is a biennial publication that provides cutting-edge data and analysis concerning domestic and international conflicts and corresponding peacebuilding activities. The book include forecasts of risks of political and social instability, as well as trends and patterns in conflict. The 2014 edition focusses on the 'micro level' in the study of conflict and peacebuilding, such as social relationships below the level of the nation-state, with attention to key topics such as ethnicity, climate change, foreign aid and sexual violence. Peace and Conflict is a large-format, full-color resource with numerous graphs, tables, maps, and appendices dedicated to the visual and summary presentation of information. Crisp narratives are highlighted with pull-quote extracts emphasizing major findings.
Praise for the 2014 Edition:
“Truth and data are the first casualties of armed conflict. Peace and Conflict 2014 provides a very useful and accessible overview of key trends and themes, begins to address some of the burning issues in the field, and helps put risks into perspective.”
—Tilman Brück, Director, Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, Sweden
“The book is a treasure trove, methodically collated and analysed by a group of scholars of repute; striking for its applicability to various burning situations. Importantly, it focuses on the study of conflict and peace-building at the micro level; covering an array of key topics such as ethnicity, climate, foreign aid, sexual violence, mass atrocities and terrorism, as well as humanitarian and reconstruction responses…Overall, Peace and Conflict 2014 is an invaluable aid to policy-makers and global peace movements both as a fund of information and a tool that will help strategize their future course of action.”
—Global Dialogue Review
Praise for Previous Editions:
Peace and Conflict 2012 was a Choice Recommended title!
“Too much of the writing on international affairs is long on opinions and short on facts. Peace and Conflict is the rare exception. Its clear presentations of evidence and analyses help to better inform discussions about the most pressing security challenges in today’s world.”
—Fareed Zakaria, Editor, Newsweek International
“Peace and Conflict is an essential tool for scholars and policy makers seeking the facts behind the headlines about the nature and extent of conflict around the world. It provides a systematic, empirically grounded, and highly nuanced assessment of the darker aspects of human nature and underscores, yet again, the inescapable truth of our interconnected world and intertwined fate.”
—Vartan Gregorian, President, Carnegie Corporation of New York
“Across the globe governments are now trying to make sense of, and cope with, breakdowns in global order of unprecedented complexity. Widening gaps between rich and poor; multiplying ‘failed states’; spreading threats from nonstate actors using more deadly forms of terrorism as tools against settled societies; and storm clouds labeled ‘ideological and religious war’ all challenge scholars and policy makers alike with many questions, and few answers. Peace and Conflict 2008 provides crucial clues about this uncertain future. Reams of critical data and analysis, together with identification of current trends and likely outcomes, point governments as well as international and nongovernmental organizations toward better intervention strategies. Its excellent introduction highlights the main conclusions for the policy community. In short, Peace and Conflict 2008 is a tour de force!”
—The Honorable Samuel Lewis, Past President, United States Institute of Peace
1 Introduction David A. Backer, Paul K. Huth, and Jonathan Wilkenfeld Regular Features 2 The Peace and Conflict Instability Ledger: Ranking States on Future Risks David A. Backer and Paul K. Huth 3 Global Trends in Armed Conflict, 1946-2012 David A. Backer and Paul K. Huth 4 Global Trends in Democratization: Leadership Transitions and Systemic Change Erica Frantz 5 Global Trends in Terrorism, 1970-2011 Gary LaFree and Laura Dugan Disaggregation and the Micro-Dynamics of Conflict and Peacebuilding Introduction to the Special Theme David A. Backer 6 Disaggregating Conflict by Actors, Time, and Location Karsten Donnay, Elena Gadjanova, and Ravi Bhavnani 7 The Political Geography of Climate Vulnerability, Conflict, and Aid in Africa Joshua Busby, Clionadh Raleigh, and Idean Salehyan 8 Exploring Inequality and Ethnic Conflict: EPR-ETH and GROWup Lars-Erik Cederman, Luc Girardin, and Julian Wucherpfennig 9 Describing and Understanding Sexual Violence in Armed Conflict: The Role of Disaggregation Amelia Hoover Green 10 Localizing Peace, Reconstruction, and the Effects of Mass Violence Patrick Vinck and Phuong Pham 11 Crowdsourcing to Map Conflict, Crises, and Humanitarian Responses Patrick Meier Additional Resources 12 Profiles of Active Armed Conflicts Jonathan Wilkenfeld References Peace and Conflict Editorial Advisory Board Acknowledgments About the Authors About the Contributors About the Center for International Development
Peace and Conflict is a publication that provides cutting-edge data and analysis concerning domestic and international conflicts, other types of political violence and upheaval, and corresponding peacebuilding activities. Each edition of the book examines patterns and trends of events and key dimensions related to conflict and peacebuilding, as well as future risks of political and social instability. Past editions have included special feature sections on challenges to the stability of states (2008), the challenges of post-conflict transitions (2010), preventing armed violence (2012), and disaggregated data and analysis (2014). Among the contributors to the latest edition are over 30 experts from academic institutions in Europe and the US. The contents of Peace and Conflict are designed to be of value and intelligible to a wide audience, engaging with those involved in research, policy, practice, and the media in addition to students at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Each edition is a full-color resource with numerous graphs, tables, maps, and appendices dedicated to the visual and summary presentation of information.
From 2016 onwards, Peace and Conflict is a collaboration between the Graduate Institute, Geneva and CIDCM, bringing together two of the leading places for policy-relevant research about conflict, peacebuilding, and associated topics.