The Center for Preventive Action's (CPA) Global Conflict Tracker is an interactive guide to ongoing conflicts around the world of concern to the United States. The map displays nearly thirty conflicts with background information and resources on each conflict.

Impact on U.S. Interests

Conflict directly threatens the U.S. homeland, is likely to trigger U.S. military involvement, or threatens the supply of critical U.S. strategic resources


Conflict affects countries of strategic importance to the United States but does not involve a mutual-defense treaty commitment


Conflict could have severe/widespread humanitarian consequences but in countries of limited strategic importance to the United States

Conflict Status

The ongoing conflicts featured on the Global Conflict Tracker were originally identified by our Preventive Priorities Survey (PPS), which asked government officials, foreign policy experts, and academics to assess ongoing and potential conflicts based on their likelihood to occur in a given year and their potential impact on U.S. interests.

CPA assesses the status of each conflict by monitoring developments in the conflict and reviewing watch lists, conflict assessments, and government reports. An assessment is reached within CPA and in consultation with relevant experts at the Council on Foreign Relations, determining the statuses of each conflict on a monthly basis or as events dictate.

Center for Preventive Action

The Center for Preventive Action (CPA) seeks to help prevent, defuse, or resolve deadly conflicts around the world and to expand the body of knowledge on conflict prevention. It does so by creating a forum in which representatives of governments, international organizations, nongovernmental organizations, corporations, and civil society can gather to develop operational and timely strategies for promoting peace in specific conflict situations. The center focuses on conflicts in countries or regions that affect U.S. interests, but may be otherwise overlooked; where prevention appears possible; and when the resources of the Council on Foreign Relations can make a difference. The center does this by:

  • Building networks with international organizations and institutions to complement and leverage the Council's established influence in the U.S. policy arena and increase the impact of CPA's recommendations.

  • Providing a source of expertise on conflict prevention to include research, case studies, and lessons learned from past conflicts that policymakers and private citizens can use to prevent or mitigate future deadly conflicts.


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This interactive was made possible by the generous support of the Carnegie Corporation of New York.