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Joseph Hewitt
Jonathan Wilkenfeld
Ted Robert Gurr
Paradigm Publishers
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Peace and Conflict is a biennial publication that provides key data and documents trends in national and international conflicts ranging from isolated acts of terrorism to internal civil strife to full-fledged interstate war. Peace and Conflict 2008 is a large format, full-color reference including numerous graphs, tables, maps, and appendices dedicated to the visual presentation of data. Crisp narratives are highlighted with pull-quote extracts that summarize trends and major findings.


The data and analysis presented in Peace and Conflict 2008 focus on the special theme of "Challenges to the Stability of States."


Key features include:the Peace and Conflict Instability Ledger, a ranking of the status and progress of 160 countries based on their forecasted risk of future instabilitya global survey of all international and domestic terror events since 1970large format, full-color graphs, tables, maps, and appendices throughout


Supplementary materials and a suite of data analysis tools appropriate for students and policy analysts can be found at the Peace and Conflict 2008 companion Web site.


2008 Executive Summary Adobe PDF file



Peace and Conflict 2008




Chapter 1


Tedd Robert Gurr, J. Joseph Hewitt, and Jonathan Wilkenfeld


Regular Features


Chapter 2

The Peace and Conflict Instability Ledger: Ranking States on Future Risks

J. Joseph Hewitt


Chapter 3

Trends in Global Conflict, 1946-2005

J. Joseph Hewitt


Chapter 4

Trends in Democratization: A Focus on Instability in Anocracies

Amy Pate


Chapter 5

Self-Determination Movements and Their Outcomes

David Quinn


Challenges to the Stability of States


Chapter 6

Global Terrorism and Failed States

Gary LaFree, Laura Dugan, and Susan Fahey


Chapter 7

Ethnopolitical Violence and Terrorism in the Middle East

Victor Asal, Carter Johnson, and Jonathan Wilkenfeld


Chapter 8

Unstable States and International Crises

Jonathan Wilkenfeld


Chapter 9

Mass Killing of Civilians in Time of War, 1945-2000

Paul Huth and Benjamin Valentino


Chapter 10

International Peacekeeping: The UN versus Regional Organizations

Peter Wallensteen and Birger Heldt


In Focus


Chapter 11

Unpacking Global Trends in Violent Conflict, 1946-2005

J. Joseph Hewitt


Appendix—Major Armed Conflicts


Editorial Board and Authors

About the Contributors


Hewitt, J. J., Wilkenfeld, J., & Gurr, T. R. (2008). Peace and conflict 2008. Boulder, CO: Paradigm.