Search and Filtering

The Search & Filtering functionality allows you to

  1. Find specific conflicts, as well as to
  2. Find sets of conflicts that match specified criteria.

The entire Search & Filtering functionality is available both in the map (map view) and the tabular view of conflicts. Since the logic is identical in both places, the documentation here applies to both except when noted.


When to use the map and when to use the tabular view for filtering and search?
Both the map and the tabular view have particular strengths for searching and filtering:

  • The map provides a visual access that allows exploring geographical patterns which is impossible in the tabular view.
  • The tabular view contains a dossier function to select your search results into a dossier of materials (including conflicts, but also other contents from the ECC Library). The tabular view is thus a more powerful filtering tool if your goal is to compile a selection of conflicts in a dossier and export them for printing or other uses.

Note: Unfortunately, when you switch between map and tabular view the applied filters will be lost.


If you are looking for a specific conflict you already know about, there are two easy ways to find out whether it is covered in the ECC Factbook:

  1. Full-text search: Use the first field to enter a key word such as "Nile" and the entire text information of the conflicts (title, case histories) will be searched for this keyword. All matching conflicts will be shown.
  2. Find geographically (map only): Scroll to the location on the map itself and hover over the conflict markers to find the names of the conflicts. By clicking on the conflict marker, you can access the basic information box. By clicking on that box, you can access the factsheet of the conflict.

Note: Each factsheet has a stable URL so you can always find the conflict again by using the URL. 

The filtering functionality allows you to filter conflicts by a large variety of criteria.

  1. The Basics:
    Filtering is combinatorial. Whenever you select a new filter, the set of conflicts selected and displayed on the map or the tabular view will be reduced to only those conflicts that match all of the selected criteria.
    This has two important implications:
    a) When you select a variable with only two possible answers (binary variable), such as "Is the conflict ongoing?", and you select one of the answers, the other answer will disappear. This is the case because the set of conflicts for which both answers to this question ("Yes" and "No") apply at the same time would be zero.
    b) When you deselect a filter, the set of conflicts will increase to all conflicts that match the new combination of filters.
  2. Structure
    To improve accessibility, all filters are assigned to one of the following four questions that form sub-menus which you can access by clicking:
  • What is the conflict about?
    Here you can filter by different variables that describe the general nature of the conflict: The Compound Risks identified by the report "A New Climate for Peace", the environmental resources affected, and the type of conflict driver. A particular powerful and advanced filtering function is the filtering by Causal Link. This allows filtering conflicts by the presence of one of the over sixty different links coded for each conflict. The background page on the conceptual model is a good starting point to get an overview over the links one can search for.
  • What is the scope of the conflict?
    The set of variables featured here allows you to distinguish between national and international conflicts, filter for specific countries and for the time during which a conflict was active. It also allows you to select all conflicts that are currently ongoing.
  • What is the intensity of the conflict?
    Here you can filter for whether or not a conflict was violent as well as conflicts with particularly high values for conflict intensity (Human Suffering or Geopolitical/International Intensity) or particularly strong values for Environmental Influences or Societal Influences
  • What is the state of conflict resolution?
    Currently, you can filter here only by whether there has been some resolution success or not. Soon, you will also be able to filter by conflict resolution strategies employed.