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Update Alert No. 20
12 October, 2015

Major data releases

In October, UCDP released three new versions of the annually updated datasets.

UCDP Non-State Conflict Dataset v2.5-2015

The latest UCDP Non-State Conflict Dataset has a temporal scope covering 1989-2014. It contains information on non-state conflicts, i.e. conflicts between two armed groups, neither of which is the government of a state. The dataset gives information on fatalities caused by these conflicts on a yearly basis, as well as on start- and end dates and locations.

UCDP One-sided Violence Dataset v1.4-2015

The latest version of the UCDP One-sided Violence Dataset has a temporal scope covering 1989-2014. It contains information on intentional attacks on civilians by governments and formally organized armed groups, on an actor-year basis.

UCDP Actor Dataset v.2.2-2015

The UCDP Actor Dataset contains information on all actors included in UCDP's datasets on organised violence (UCDP/PRIO Armed Conflict Dataset, UCDP Dyadic Dataset, UCDP Battle-related Deaths Dataset, UCDP One-sided Violence Dataset and UCDP Non-state Conflict Dataset).

All datasets can be downloaded from pcr.uu.se/research/ucdp/datasets and ucdp.uu.se/ged.


“Organized Violence in the World 2015. An Assessment by the Uppsala Conflict Data Program”

In June, UCDP reported that the number of fatalities in armed conflict has increased substantially in recent years, and that 2014 was the most lethal year since the end of the Cold War for this category of violence. New data show that also the other two types of violence analyzed by the UCDP – conflict between non-state actors and violence targeting civilians – increased substantially in 2014.

The data released by UCDP today confirm that 2014 witnessed a large number of fatalities in organized violence – the highest in two decades. Well over 100.000 people were killed during the year. The death count in organized violence has not exceeded 100.000 since 1994, when the Rwandan genocide took place. In the new report, the UCDP for the first time reports on patterns in all three categories of organized violence – state-based conflict, conflict between non-state actors, and one-sided killings of civilians – for the quarter century 1989-2014.

The report can be downloaded from UCDP Publications and the data underlying the report can be downloaded from UCDP Datasets.

Press release

”Armed Conflicts, 1946-2014” now available through open access

The UCDP article “Armed Conflicts, 1946-2014” by Therése Pettersson and Peter Wallensteen, which was published in July in Journal of Peace Research (JPR), is now available through open access. The article can be found at UCDP Publications and at JPR.

UCDP Charts & Graphs

Release of new charts & graphs

The UCDP's Charts & Graphs section has been updated with the latest UCDP data. The charts and graphs now cover the years 1989-2014 for all three categories of organized violence; state-based and non-state conflicts as well as one-sided violence. The section includes illustrations of for example armed conflicts by type and year and by intensity and year.

Ongoing projects

UCDP Georeferenced Event Dataset (UCDP GED)

After the release of UCDP GED 1.9 (East Asia + Africa), UCDP is continuing its work towards expanding GED. The next scheduled release is in October, and will contain the entirety of Asia as well as an updated version of Africa.