Conflict analysis

Conflict analysis is a structured process of analysis to understand conflict. It focuses on the conflict profile (its history), the actors involved and their perspectives, the causes of conflict, and the dynamics of how these elements interact.

This Topic Guide looks at how conflict analysis is done – at the systematic approaches and tools for conflict analysis developed for policy and practice. It highlights common principles, lessons and challenges identified in the literature.

For further reading, GSDRC conflict analysis reports on particular contexts are also available.

About this Topic Guide

This GSDRC Topic Guide was written by Siân Herbert (International Development Department, University of Birmingham). The Australian Government supported its production.

GSDRC appreciates the contributions of Rupert Brock, Dr Shahar Hameiri, Brian Lucas, Tom Parks and Tony Vaux.

Infographics by Lucy Peers.

Suggested citation

Suggested citation: Herbert, S. (2017). Conflict analysis: Topic guide. Birmingham, UK: GSDRC, University of Birmingham.