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 3|7 pages

Tracing Armed Conflict over Time

A Reversal of the Recent Decline?

chapter 6|12 pages

The Size of Rebel and State Armed Forces in Internal Conflicts

Measurement and Implications

chapter 7|10 pages

The Prevalence of Conflict-Related Sexual Violence

When, Where and By Whom?

chapter 9|11 pages

Evolution of Global Terrorism

The Growing Lethality of Attacks

chapter 11|41 pages

The Peace and Conflict Instability Ledger 2017

A New Methodology and Ranking of Countries on Forecasted Risks

chapter 12|12 pages

Refugees and Conflict Diffusion

chapter 15|26 pages

Criminal Justice for Conflict-Related Violations

Developments during 2015