13 November 2007

Measuring and Monitoring Conflicts

Behind the Numbers: Assessing Indices of Peace, Conflict and Instability, USIPeace Briefing (U.S. Institute of Peace, Nov. 2007) [text]
- This briefing summarizes the panel discussions that took place during a USIP event that looked at the utility of conflict indices.

Several other resources can help you monitor new and unfolding conflicts and determine whether existing conflicts are improving or deteriorating.

BarĂ³metro (Escola de Cultura de Pau) [access]
- Quarterly; brief analyses provided of events which occurred during the past quarter in nine sectors: armed conflicts, tensions, peace processes, post-war rehabilitation, humanitarian crises, militarisation and disarmament, human rights, development and gender. More complete report provided in Spanish.

Boletin (Escola de Cultura de Pau) [access]
- Monthly; each issue also includes analysis of an issue which received only limited media coverage.

CrisisWatch (International Crisis Group) [access]
- Monthly, in PDF or Word; subscribe to an email alert to be notified of new issues.

Major Episodes of Political Violence, 1946-2006 (Center for Systemic Peace) [access]
- Updated Sept. 2007; while not a regularly produced publication like the resources above, this site provides perspective on the enduring nature of many of the conflicts that are continuing today.

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