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Introducing ACLED: An Armed Conflict Location and Event Dataset

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  • Clionadh Raleigh

    (Department of Geography, Trinity College Dublin, CSCW, Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO), raleighc@tcd.ie)

  • Andrew Linke

    (Department of Geography, University of Colorado)

  • HÃ¥vard Hegre

    (Department of Political Science, University of Oslo, CSCW, Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO))

  • Joakim Karlsen

    (Østfold University College, CSCW, Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO))

Abstract

This article presents ACLED, an Armed Conflict Location and Event Dataset. ACLED codes the actions of rebels, governments, and militias within unstable states, specifying the exact location and date of battle events, transfers of military control, headquarter establishment, civilian violence, and rioting. In the current version, the dataset covers 50 unstable countries from 1997 through 2010. ACLED’s disaggregation of civil war and transnational violent events allow for research on local level factors and the dynamics of civil and communal conflict. Findings from subnational conflict research challenges conclusions from larger national-level studies. In a brief descriptive analysis, the authors find that, on average, conflict covers 15% of a state’s territory, but almost half of a state can be directly affected by internal wars.

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  • Clionadh Raleigh & Andrew Linke & HÃ¥vard Hegre & Joakim Karlsen, 2010. "Introducing ACLED: An Armed Conflict Location and Event Dataset," Journal of Peace Research, Peace Research Institute Oslo, vol. 47(5), pages 651-660, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:sae:joupea:v:47:y:2010:i:5:p:651-660
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