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Update Alert No. 4
21 December, 2010

Latest updates: Major data releases

UCDP Actor Dataset v2.1-2010

An updated version of the UCDP Actor Dataset was released on 21 December. The dataset has descriptive information and IDs of all the actors that have ever been included in the UCDP's datasets on organized violence. Amongst other things the dataset contains IDs for all actors, making it possible to easily track one actor across different categories of violence. The dataset also features information on rebel group splits, merges and alliances.

UCDP Battle-related Deaths Dataset v5.0-2010

The latest version of the UCDP Battle-related Deaths Dataset was released on 21 December. This conflict-year and dyad-year dataset contains information on the number of battle-related deaths in the conflicts from 1989-2008 that appear in the UCDP/PRIO Armed Conflict Dataset.

UCDP Conflict Termination dataset v.2010-1, 1946 – 2009

In late November, an updated version of the UCDP Conflict Termination dataset was released. The dataset provides information on specific start- and end- dates for conflict activity and means of termination for each conflict episode. The data is available as a conflict-level dataset which corresponds to the UCDP/PRIO Armed Conflict Dataset v4 – 2010, and a dyad-level dataset which corresponds to the UCDP Dyadic Dataset v1 – 2010.

UCDP Non-State Conflict Dataset v2.3-2010

In December, the UCDP released the new UCDP Non-State Conflict Dataset, with a temporal scope covering 1989-2008. This dataset replaces earlier versions of the UCDP Non-State Conflict Dataset and 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.

All datasets can be downloaded from the UCDP website, under the Datasets section.


States in Armed Conflict 2009

The 22nd edition of the annual report of States in Armed Conflict was released on 21 December. The report contains three parts, focusing on UCDP’s three categories of organised violence. Besides listing conflicts in the three categories, the report includes UCDP’s 2009 article in Journal of Peace Research and a global analysis on non-state conflicts in the time period 1989-2008.

The Go Between – Jan Eliasson and the Styles of Mediation

"The Go-Between: Jan Eliasson and the Styles of Mediation", a new book by Isak Svensson and Peter Wallensteen, with a preface by former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, was launched on Monday, 15 November, at the U.S. Institute of Peace in Washington D.C.

The book analyses six cases where Jan Eliasson, now Visiting Professor with the Department, was principle mediator. It spans three decades of mediation experience.

The UCDP related project on International Mediation in Internal Armed Conflict

Nilsson, Marcus & Joakim Kreutz (2010) "Protracted conflicts: Issues or dynamics at stake?", New Routes 15(4): 3-6

Protracted conflicts: Issues or dynamics at stake?” is the introductory article to New Routes’ issue on protracted conflict. The article argues that protraction comes from either the type of issues that is underlying the conflict or from the dynamics by which the conflict has developed. It identifies the importance of negotiated settlements in order to end protracted conflicts, which also relates to the impact that the end of the Cold War had for conflicts around the world. Looking at the so called war on terror it ends by stressing the importance of early action to possibly avoid protraction.

Coming updates

The UCDP External Support dataset

The UCDP External Support dataset will be released in January. The unit of analysis in the dataset is a yearly warring party, and it lists all the actors supplying said party with support in any given year. Furthermore, the support provided is divided into different categories. The dataset covers all actors involved in inter- and intrastate conflicts in the period 1975–2009.

Ongoing projects

UCDP Georeferenced Event Dataset (UCDP GED)

Spring 2011 will also see the launch of the UCDP's new georeferenced dataset. This dataset, which has disaggregated all of the UCDP's categories of violence into specific georeferenced events, will be updated annually.