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.

RESEARCHER

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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

Two persons walk in the ruins of Aleppo, Syria Current Issues in Armed Conflict Conference

Third Current Issues in Armed Conflict Conference

June 2019, 09:00-17:00

This annual conference, co-organized with the Human Rights Centre of University of Essex, provides a space to discuss the legal and policy issues that have arisen in the past and the current year in relation to armed conflicts situations.

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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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MORE ON THIS THEMATIC AREA

Two persons walk in the ruins of Aleppo, Syria Current Issues in Armed Conflict Conference

Third Current Issues in Armed Conflict Conference

June 2019, 09:00-17:00

This annual conference, co-organized with the Human Rights Centre of University of Essex, provides a space to discuss the legal and policy issues that have arisen in the past and the current year in relation to armed conflicts situations.

Read more

Photo of Helen Durham Current Issues in Armed Conflict Conference

Black Magic, Zombies and Dragons: a Tale of International Humanitarian Law in the 21st Century

June 2019, 17:45-20:00

To close the third edition of the Current Issues in Armed Conflict Conference, Helen Durham, Director of Law and Policy at the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) will deliver a keynote address.

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Syria, Aleppo, Sheikh Massoud neighbourhood, near the frontline. Fighters of the Free Syrian Army. Project

‘Foreign Fighters’ and Counter-Terrorism

Completed in January 2014

Against the background of the mobilization of ‘foreign fighters’ for the conflicts in Syria and Iraq, the Geneva Academy undertook various research projects to highlight and clarify a range of international law issues that arise through their participation and measures taken to stem their mobilization.

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A wheelchair completely destroyed after the bombing of a civilian area Project

Disability and Armed Conflict

Started in May 2016

This project aims to ensure better protection of and assistance for persons with disabilities in situations of armed conflict or its aftermath by identifying legal obligations to protect and assist persons with disabilities during conflict, and the policies and practices required to put these obligations into effect.

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