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Conflict Barometer

The Conflict Barometer is being published since 1992 and is our annual analysis of the global conflict events and the main publication of the HIIK. Non-violent and violent crises, wars, coup d'etats as well as peace negotiations are observed in it. In the summary of the course of conflicts globally, the HIIK presents each year's developments in the form of texts and graphics. Therefore, the Global Conflict Panorama explains the general development, while the regional chapters give an insight into the conflict events in the Americas, Asia and Oceania, Europe, the Middle East and Maghreb as well as in Sub-Saharan Africa.

The Conflict Barometer has gained an increased audience and academic renown since its initial publication. Likewise, the institute has grown consistently since its foundation in the early 1990s: Starting with no more than 20 staff members, the Conflict Barometer includes today the work of more than 120 researchers.. All researchers work in a voluntary capacity, dedicating themselves to the work of the HIIK alongside their studies or careers. The academic expertise is guaranteed by close institutional and personnel links to the Department of Political Science at the University of Heidelberg.

Our research leading to our annual publication is based entirely on voluntary work and, as such, is only financed by donations and membership fees. If you are pleased with our product and find it helpful to your purposes, kindly consider supporting our work. You are invited to contact us for find out more about the possibilities available. We are thankful for every donation!

Conflict Barometer 2013


  • You can download digital version of the Conflict Barometer 2013 (PDF) here and we are glad to be able to present it to you! Along with the usual regional and world maps you may find this year for the first time maps detailing conflict dynamics on a regional and monthly level. Members of the press as well as other interested readers are welcome to download our press kit, which contains all current maps and graphs.

    In the following weeks a hardcopy of the current Conflict Barometer will be available for purchase.





Interactive Conflict Barometer 2009

Konfliktbarometer Cover Based on the SMILE-Projekt, we provide an interactive version of the Conflict Barometer with a dynamic conflict map, timeline, and all conflict data. Apart from the visualization of the Barometer data, the application allows to filter according to different criteria.

We would like to thank Ryan Lee (MIT) and Lars Scheithauer for their invaluable support.