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Update Alert No. 6
17 May, 2011

Major update of the UCDP Database

UCDP Database on non-state conflicts backdated to 1989

The backdating project of the UCDP Database’s non-state conflicts category was completed at the end of March 2011. This update, which has been ongoing since the autumn of 2010, has backdated the non-state conflicts category to 1989. All non-state conflicts active since 1989 are now available for study, complete with descriptive information on the conflicts’ backgrounds, actors and dynamics.

UCDP Database updated for 2010

The update of the state-based armed conflicts category for 2010 in the UCDP Database has now been completed. Updates regarding the conflicts, battle-related deaths, third party activities, negotiations and peace agreements are now available for perusal, complete with variable-level search possibilities.

Award-winning data

The UCDP receives Lijphart/Przeworski/Verba Data Set Award, 2011

The UCDP is the winner of the Lijphart/Przeworski/Verba Data Set Award for 2011. It is the Comparative Politics Section of the American Political Science Association (APSA) which rewards a publicly available data set that has made an important contribution to the field of comparative politics. The award ceremony will take place at its annual meeting in Seattle, USA, in September 2011.

– UCDP was an “enthusiastic and unanimous choice of the Committee” says its chairperson Mark Tessler, University of Michigan, when conveying the news to Professor Peter Wallensteen, Director of the UCDP.

The award is named after the three path-breaking scholars in comparative studies of democracy: Arend Lijphart, now at University of San Diego, Adam Przeworski at New York University and Sidney Verba at Harvard University.

UCDP in the media

UCDP in Projects Magazine

UCDP features in a recently released edition of the European research and development magazine Projects Magazine. The article “A better understanding of our world in conflict” focuses on UCDP and the ongoing collection of data on armed conflicts. The magazine, which reaches over 40 000 readers, is available online for download.

Coming updates

UCDP Database iPhone application 2010 update

The UCDP Database iPhone was launched in cooperation with Uppsala University last summer. An update regarding conflicts, battle-related deaths, third party activities, negotiations and peace agreements for 2010 will be released in late May 2011.

Ongoing projects

UCDP Georeferenced Event Dataset (UCDP GED)

The first version of the UCDP GED, which contains a subset including the entirety of sub-Saharan Africa, is scheduled for release in 2011. Additional subsets will be released throughout the year as they are completed.