Conflict Trends Magazine

In October 1998, ACCORD launched the long-awaited Conflict Trends magazine. As its name suggests, the publication focuses on analysing and reporting on trends in current and emerging conflicts and their resolution on the African continent. Focusing on developments and challenges in peacemaking, peacekeeping and peacebuilding, articles in the magazine aim to contribute to the body of knowledge on ‘what works’ through the sharing of information on specific interventions, case studies, good practices and recommendations. Conflict Trends is widely accessed and used by policy makers, academics and conflict resolution practitioners in Africa and beyond.

Vasu Gounden, ACCORD's Executive Director, stated in the first Conflict Trends editorial:

"The world today is characterised by political and economic chaos existing alongside unprecedented progress in science and technology… a paradox of failure and progress co-existing in a world of predictable uncertainty. Africa exists and survives in this new paradigm. To the uncritical yet interested observer of African affairs, her survival belies the many death defying challenging that confront her people—yet it is Africa's survival that bears testimony to her ability to meet these challenges.

It is in this context that we launch our magazine. We hope to give the interested observer deeper insight into the many challenges that confront us in Africa. To the many other Africans who share this drama with us, we hope to provide a balanced and objective understanding of our challenges and our numerous yet unrecorded successes at meeting these challenges."

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In mid-2012, fourteen years after its launch, 53 highly relevant issues of Conflict Trends had been produced, some of them in partnership with UN agencies and other collaborating organisations. All issues of the magazine are available for free download in PDF format from the drop-down menu at top left. However, it is also possible to receive the magazine in printed format, by sending an e-mail with your name, organisation, designation and postal address to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .