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.

chapter 1

Introduction to Peace and Conflict 2017

ByDavid A. Backer, Ravi Bhavnani, Paul K. Huth

chapter 2|12 pages

Generalizing Findings from Micro-Level Research on Peace and Conflict

Challenges and Solutions
ByKarsten Donnay, Andrew M. Linke, Ravi Bhavnani

chapter 3|7 pages

Tracing Armed Conflict over Time

A Reversal of the Recent Decline?
ByHåvard Strand, Halvard Buhaug

chapter 4|11 pages

The Geography of Organized Armed Violence around the World

ByErik Melander, David A. Backer, Eric Dunford

chapter 5|12 pages

Spatial Patterns of Violence against Civilians

ByHanne Fjelde, Lisa Hultman, Margareta Sollenberg, Ralph Sundberg

chapter 6|12 pages

The Size of Rebel and State Armed Forces in Internal Conflicts

Measurement and Implications
ByJacob Aronson, Paul K. Huth

chapter 7|10 pages

The Prevalence of Conflict-Related Sexual Violence

When, Where and By Whom?
ByRagnhild Nordås

chapter 8|9 pages

Democracy, Democratization, and Civil War

BySuthan Krishnarajan, Jørgen Møller, Lasse Lykke Rørbæk, Svend-Erik Skaaning

chapter 9|11 pages

Evolution of Global Terrorism

The Growing Lethality of Attacks
ByGary LaFree, Laura Dugan

chapter 10|13 pages

Are Global Human Rights Conditions Static or Improving?

ByPeter Haschke, Mark Gibney

chapter 11|41 pages

The Peace and Conflict Instability Ledger 2017

A New Methodology and Ranking of Countries on Forecasted Risks
ByDavid A. Backer, Jacob Aronson, Paul K. Huth

chapter 12|12 pages

Refugees and Conflict Diffusion

BySeraina Rüegger

chapter 13|25 pages

Armed Conflicts Active in 2015

ByMargareta Sollenberg

chapter 14|29 pages

Multilateral Peacekeeping Operations Active in 2015

ByDeniz Cil

chapter 15|26 pages

Criminal Justice for Conflict-Related Violations

Developments during 2015
ByAnupma L. Kulkarni