An authoritative source of information on violent conflicts and peacebuilding processes around the world, Peace and Conflict is an annual publication of the University of Maryland’s Center for International Development and Conflict Management and the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (Geneva).
The contents of the 2017 edition are divided into three sections:
» Global Patterns and Trends provides an overview of recent advances in scholarly research on various aspects of conflict and peace, as well as chapters on armed conflict, violence against civilians, characteristics of rebel and state forces, sexual violence, democracy and civil war, terrorism, human rights conditions, and the results of the updated Peace & Conflict Instability Ledger, which ranks the status and progress of more than 160 countries based on their forecasted risk of future instability (adverse regime change, internal war, state mass killing, non-state mass killing).
» Special Feature spotlights work on the relationship between refugees and the diffusion of armed conflict.
» Profiles surveys developments in instances of civil wars, peacekeeping missions, and international criminal justice proceedings that were active around the world during 2015.
Frequent visualizations of data in full-color, large-format tables, graphs, and maps bring the analysis to life and amplify crucial developments in real-world events and the latest findings in research.
The contributors include many leading scholars in the field from the US and Europe.
If you are looking for a comprehensive, accessible and thought-provoking overview of current research trends in political violence, this is the book to turn to.
—Nils Weidmann, Professor of Political Science, University of Konstanz, Germany
Peace and Conflict 2016, as with its predecessors, proves to be an invaluable source of up-to-date information on conflicts around the world. Various facets of political violence and their respective recent trends are documented in detail. New trends and challenges in conflict research are admirably discussed, as are traditional and more recent attempts in mitigating conflicts, from peacekeeping missions to criminal justice. Combining chapters on these themes written by the leading scholars in the field makes this volume a must-have for scholars and practitioners alike.
—Simon Hug, Professor of Political Science, University of Geneva, Switzerland
Praise for earlier editions:
"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, International Security and Development Center, Germany
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, Host of CNN’s Fareed Zakaria GPS
"An essential tool for scholars and policymakers seeking the facts behind the headlines about the
nature and extent of conflict around the world."
—Vartan Gregorian, President, Carnegie Corporation of New York
"A tour de force!"
—The Honorable Samuel Lewis, Past President, United States Institute of Peace
1 Introduction to Peace and Conflict 2017
David A. Backer, Ravi Bhavnani, and Paul K. Huth
2 Generalizing Findings from Micro-Level Research on Peace and Conflict: Challenges and Solutions
Karsten Donnay, Andrew M. Linke, and Ravi Bhavnani
3 Tracing Armed Conflict over Time: A Reversal of the Recent Decline?
Håvard Strand and Halvard Buhaug
4 The Geography of Organized Armed Violence around the World
Erik Melander, David A. Backer, and Eric Dunford
5 Spatial Patterns of Violence against Civilians
Hanne Fjelde, Lisa Hultman, Margareta Sollenberg, and Ralph Sundberg
6 The Size of Rebel and State Armed Forces in Internal Conflicts: Measurement and Implications
Jacob Aronson and Paul K. Huth
7 The Prevalence of Conflict-Related Sexual Violence: When, Where and By Whom?
8 Democracy, Democratization, and Civil War
Suthan Krishnarajan, Jørgen Møller, Lasse Lykke Rørbæk, and Svend-Erik Skaaning
9 Evolution of Global Terrorism: The Growing Lethality of Attacks
Gary LaFree and Laura Dugan
10 Are Global Human Rights Conditions Static or Improving?
Peter Haschke and Mark Gibney
11 The Peace and Conflict Instability Ledger 2017: A New Methodology and Ranking of Countries on Forecasted Risks
David A. Backer, Jacob Aronson, and Paul K. Huth
12 Refugees and Conflict Diffusion
13 Armed Conflicts Active in 2015
14 Multilateral Peacekeeping Operations Active in 2015
15 Criminal Justice for Conflict-Related Violations: Developments during 2015
Anupma L. Kulkarni
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.