The miniAtlas of Human Security
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An at-a-glance illustrated guide to global and regional trends in human insecurity, the miniAtlas provides a succinct introduction to today’s most pressing security challenges. It maps political violence, the links between poverty and conflict, assaults on human rights—including the use of child soldiers—and the causes of war and peace.

The miniAtlas is available in print and online in English, French, Spanish, Japanese, Russian, and Arabic.

Print copies of the English, French, and Spanish editions can be purchased from our co-publisher, the World Bank. The Russian edition can be purchased from Alpina Publishers, while the Japanese edition can be purchased from Itt-osha Incorporated.


What is Human Security?
Secure states do not automatically mean secure peoples.  Indeed, during the past century, far more people have been killed by their own  governments than by armies from abroad.
In a world afflicted by major wars, human  rights abuse, and the threat of terrorist attacks, it is not surprising that  most people believe organized violence is increasing. But, as the miniAtlas demonstrates,  the conventional wisdom is wrong.
Part 1:When States Go to War
Since the end of the Cold War, armed conflicts around the world have declined substantially. Part one looks at conflicts between states and within states, and shows the amount of time a state has spent in conflict.
Part 2:Warlords and Killing Fields
Around 50 per cent of all armed conflicts do not involve government forces. Part two examines non-state conflicts, as well as genocides and other “one-sided” mass killings of civilians.
Part 3:Counting the Dead
The decline in battle-deaths has been even more remarkable than the fall in the number of armed conflicts. Part three shows the death tolls that arise from state-based conflicts and political violence, and asks how far we can rely on reported death tolls.
Part 4:Measuring Human Rights Abuse
Some of the worst human rights violations take place in secret. Part four shows that while we have few reliable figures on torture, child soldiers, ethnic cleansing, and other gross human rights violations, some comparisons can be made between different states.
Part 5:Causes of War, Causes of Peace
Anocracies—regimes that are neither dictatorships nor full democracies—are the most prone to armed conflict. Part five shows the relationships between conflict and regime type, poverty, and peace operations.
The World by Region
Data Table
Sources, Index,
and Notes on Terminology

This publication was made possible by generous support from the International Development Research Centre, Canada and the Department for International Development, United Kingdom.

The miniAtlas is based on an original concept designed and published for the World Bank and the Human Security Report Project by Myriad Editions. Learn more about the miniAtlas series.