Noted: Recent publications from the Department using UCDP data

Recent publications from the Department of Peace and Conflict Research using UCDP data:

 

– Svensson, Isak, Ending Holy Wars: religion and conflict resolution in civil wars, (University of Queensland Press, 2012)

– Fjelde, Hanne & Nina von Uexkull (2012) “Climate triggers: Rainfall anomalies, vulnerability and communal conflict in Sub-Saharan Africa”, Political Geography 31(7): 444-453.

– Nilsson, Marcus (2012): “Reaping What Was Sown: Conflict outcome and post-civil war democratisation”, Cooperation & Conflict, 47(3): 350-367.

– Johan Brosché and Emma Elfversson (2012) “Communal conflict, civil war, and the state: Complexities, connections, and the case of Sudan” African Journal on Conflict Resolution Volume 12 No 1.

– Kreutz, Joakim. 2012. “From Tremors to Talks: Do Natural Disasters Produce Ripe Moments for Resolving Separatist Conflicts?” International Interactions 38(4):482-502.

 

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Noted: Håkan Lindgren on visible and invisible wars in the media (in Swedish)

Frilandsskribenten Håkan Lindgren noterar i Svenska Dagbladet hur nyhetsvärderingen gör vissa konflikter osynliga och andra så pass synliga att mediekonsumenterna tappar begreppen om deras olika storlek. Bland annat noterar Håkan Lindgren hur lite uppmärksamhet kriget i Kongo fick relativt Israel-Palestina, trots den förstnämnda konfliktens betydligt större dödssiffror. Vidare följer en intressant diskussion om mediernas val av vad som skall upp på agendan rörande terrorism och väpnade konflikter.

LÄS i sin helhet HÄR.

 

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New Data Releases

New version of the UCDP Geo-referenced Event Dataset

On 15 November, the Uppsala Conflict Data Program released a new version (1.5) of its Geo-referenced Event Dataset (UCDP GED). The dataset contains over 24.000 individual geo-referenced events of organised violence, disaggregated both temporally (down to the level of day) and spatially (down to the level of individual villages).

In comparison to the previous versions, this dataset has a wider scope, including inactive years for all UCDP actors and dyads, i.e. events in years where a conflict actor or dyad did not exceed the 25 deaths threshold typically used by UCDP.

Like the previous version, this dataset covers the entirety of Africa for the 1989-2010 period, and is available in various formats (CSV, Shapefile, Excel, database dumps for Postgres and MySQL databases) on the UCDP GED website at http://ucdp.uu.se/ged/.

Updated version of the UCDP Peace Agreement Dataset

UCDP is now releasing an updated version of the UCDP Peace Agreement Dataset. The dataset has been expanded to include 20 new years of peace making and now covers 1975-2011. The dataset is compatible with the UCDP Dyadic Dataset v. 1-2012, and the UCDP/PRIO Armed Conflict Dataset v.4-2012. It has been constructed to allow researchers to analyse the different peace agreements. The unit of analysis is the peace agreement; consequently more than one agreement can be registered for one conflict- or dyad-year in the UCDP data. Each agreement is now attributed with conflict, dyad and actor IDs from the other UCDP data to enhance the merging of different UCDP data collections.

The UCDP Peace Agreement dataset includes 216 peace agreements in 60 conflicts. For these agreements, different types, terms and terminations have been coded.

The primary sources of information for coding terms in the peace agreements have been copies of the agreements in full text. A new feature of the dataset is direct links to the different texts of the peace agreements stored in the UCDP Conflict Encyclopedia.

Updated UCDP Conflict Encyclopedia iPhone and Android applications

The UCDP Conflict Encyclopedia iPhone and Android applications have now been updated with information on conflicts, battle-related deaths, third party activities, negotiations and peace agreements for 2011.

The application can be downloaded, for free, from Apple’s iTunes store and from Google Play.

UCDP Seminar Series

UCDP Seminar Series Present:

”What future for SIPRI?”

Thursday, January 24, 13.15-15.00 Department of Peace and Conflict Research, Gamla torget 3, Lecture Hall 2
Tilman Brück was appointed to become the eight director of Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), starting January 2013. He has a background as an economist (DPhil in Economics, University of Oxford) and was, before coming to SIPRI, professor in development economics at Humboldt University of Berlin.
His most recent research focuses on the economic impact of violent conflict and he is also engaged as the co-director of the Household in Conflict Network (HiCN).