The War Report

Started in December 2013

As an annual publication, The War Report provides an overview of contemporary trends in current armed conflicts, including key international humanitarian law (IHL) and policy issues that have arisen and require attention.

Aimed at students, academics, experts, journalists and diplomats as well as NGOs and international organizations, The War Report also lists current armed conflicts where IHL applies and focuses on selected situations.

This new version of The War Report is a follow-up to the Geneva Academy’s project published as books by Oxford University Press.

The War Report provides the background for our new annual Conference on Current Issues in Armed Conflict, co-organized with the Human Rights Centre at the University of Essex. It provides a space for experts and practitioners, diplomats, academics, and civil society representatives to discuss the legal and policy issues that have arisen in the past and current year in relation to armed conflicts situations.

The War Report: Armed Conflicts in 2017

Dr Annyssa Bellal is Strategic Adviser on international humanitarian law at the Geneva Academy and the Editor of the War Report 2017.

In this video, she presents the presents the 2017 edition of the War Report and its main features: the multiplication of armed non-state actors (ANSAs) and unprecedented casualties linked to armed gang violence.

RESEARCHERS

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Annyssa Bellal

Senior Research Fellow and Strategic Adviser on International Humanitarian Law

Annyssa Bellal's areas of expertise include public international law, international humanitarian law, international human rights law and armed non-state actors.

Publications

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The War Report 2018

April 2019

Annyssa Bellal

Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Norwegian centre for Human Rights

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Central African Republic Sectarian And Inter Communal Violence Continues

January 2019

Giulia Marcucci

The Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights

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Democratic Republic of the Congo: Conflict in the Eastern Regions

January 2019

Giulia Marcucci

Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights

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The Syrian Armed Conflict: Nearing the End?

January 2019

Marija Sulce

The Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights

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THE ERITREA–ETHIOPIA ARMED CONFLICT

December 2018

Tadesse Kebebew

Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights

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Crimea: Between Annexation and Reunification

November 2018

Grazvydas Jasutis

The Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights

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Georgia Abkhazia: The Predominance of Irreconcilable Positions

October 2018

Grazvydas Jasutis

The Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights

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The War Report 2017

March 2018

The Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights

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The Armed Conflict in Israel-Palestine

January 2018

Montse Ferrer

The Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights

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Gang Violence in Colombia, Mexico and El Salvador

December 2017

Ana Balcazar Moreno, Ximena Mercedes Galvez Lima, Julie Lambin, Lina Rodriguez

The Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights

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Myanmar: A Battle for Recognition

December 2017

Laura Baron-Mendoza

The Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights

Coverpage of the publication Kurdish Military Formations in Middle Eastern Battlefields

Kurdish Military Formations in Middle Eastern Battlefields

November 2017

Vicken Cheterian

The Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights

The Armed Conflict in Yemen: A Complicated Mosaic

October 2017

Sari Arraf

The Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights

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Libya, A Short Guide on The Conflict

June 2017

Sari Arraf

The Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights

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The War Report 2016

March 2017

The Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights

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NEWS AND EVENTS

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The War Report: Armed Conflicts in 2018

April 2019

As in previous years, the 2018 Edition highlights that the majority of today’s armed conflicts – 51 out of 69 – are non-international, involving states and organized armed groups, a trend that has been highlighted since the first edition of the War Report back in 2012.

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Central African Republic, Bangui, Bangui. Seleka fighters patrol the streets. News

Central African Republic: Renewed Clashes and Increased Involvement of the UN Peacekeeping Mission

January 2019

This War Report article provides detailed information about the history of the ongoing conflict in the Central African Republic, parties to the conflict, key developments in 2018 and war crimes allegations since July 2002.

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Democratic Republic ofn the Congo,  North Kivu province, Kitchanga downtown. The insanitary conditions next to the market worsens the situation of the residents affected by the recent violence. News

Democratic Republic of the Congo: Devastating Conflict in the Eastern Regions and Political Violence in Kinshasa

January 2019

Our new War Report article Democratic Republic of the Congo: Conflict in the Eastern Regions provides background information on the current violence in the county, recent developments and the main parties to the conflict in North and South Kivu, Ituri and Northern Katanga.

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MORE ON THIS THEMATIC AREA

Portrait of Lindsey Cameron Event

The importance and the Limits of International Law for Resolving Humanitarian Issues in Situations of Armed Conflict and Transitional Justice

September 2019, 18:00-20:00

In the face of a rapidly changing world, this opening lecture of the academic year by Lindsey Cameron will explore some of the current challenges for IHL and transitional justice.

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Afghanistan, Parwan detention facility. Inside a room where detainees of the prison, separated by an acrylic glass, are allowed to meet with their families a couple of times per year with the help of the ICRC employees who facilitate the programme. Short Course

Preventing and Combating Terrorism

27 February - March 2020

This short course discusses the extent to which states may  limit and/or derogate from their international human rights obligations in order to prevent and counter terrorism and thus protect persons under their jurisdiction.

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Short Course

The Law of Non-International Armed Conflicts

2 April - May 2020

This short course discusses the protection offered by international humanitarian law (IHL) in non-international armed conflicts (NIACs) and addresses some problems and controversies specific to IHL of NIACs, including the difficulty to ensure the respect of IHL by armed non-state actors.

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Colombia, Mountains in the Valle del Cauca region, between Santander de Quilichao et Popayan. FARC-EP (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) combattants. Project

Rules of Engagement

Completed in January 2009

This project looked at how to enhance compliance by armed non-state actors with international norms, taking into account the views both of the actors themselves and the experiences of those engaged in dialogue with them.

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ICC Trial Chamber VIII declares Mr Al Mahdi guilty of the war crime of attacking historic and religious buildings in Timbuktu and sentences him to nine years’ imprisonment Project

Modes of Liability for International Crimes

Started in January 2015

This project intends to clarify the conditions of accountability for international crimes by providing a detailed assessment of the customary international law status of, in particular, the actus reus and mens rea elements of modes of liability: planning, instigating, conspiracy, direct and indirect perpetration, co-perpetration, the three forms of joint criminal enterprise, the doctrine of common purpose under the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, command responsibility and aiding and abetting.

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