This guide can be read online using the links at the top of this page. Alternatively, the full guide and individual chapters can be downloaded as pdfs:
The guide is accompanied by two supplements that explore the links between statebuilding and peacebuilding:
Conflict is inherent in all societies and arises when two or more groups believe their interests are incompatible. ‘Conflict’ is not, however, interchangeable with ‘violence’. Non-violent resolution is possible when individuals and groups have trust in their governing structures, society and institutions to manage incompatible interests. Conflict becomes a problem when this trust and respective conflict management capacities are absent and conflicting parties choose instead to resort to the use of force to secure their goals.
Violent conflict is the subject of this topic guide. This guide provides an overview of key topics ranging from the causes, dynamics and impacts of conflict to options for interventions to prevent, manage and respond to conflict. It highlights key issues and debates for each topic covered and identifies relevant references. Clicking on the link in a document title will take the reader to a more extensive summary in the GSDRC document library, which includes a direct link to the original document. The guide is updated on a quarterly basis with new publications and emerging issues.
This topic guide was written by Huma Haider (GSDRC) in December 2009. The GSDRC appreciates the contributions of Thania Paffenholz (Graduate Institute of International Relations and Development); Wafula Okumu (Institute for Security Studies); Lyndsay McLean Hilker (Social Development Direct); Marcus Lenzen (DFID) and Juliet Wattebot O'Brien (DFID). Comments, questions or documents can be sent to email@example.com.
These supplements were written by Huma Haider (GSDRC) in October 2010. The GSDRC appreciates the contributions of Alina Rocha Menochal (Overseas Development Institute); Alex Stevens (DFID) and Anna Miles (DFID).
The following document summaries were added to the Conflict Guide in January 2012: