The World’s Most Comprehensive Dataset on the Syrian Conflict

The Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project (ACLED) is pleased to announce the release of the most comprehensive dataset on the Syrian conflict to date. The data are based on a collaborative effort by the main providers of information on the conflict in Syria: The Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR), Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), Airwars, the Carter Center, International Security and Development Centre (ISDC), the Clingendael Institute, LiveUaMap, Shaam News, Syria Direct, the London School of Economics Conflict Research Group, and a number of undisclosed sources.…

Political Peril in Pakistan: Comparing Levels of Violence in the 2013 and 2018 General Elections

On July 25, 2018, Pakistan held its first general election in five years. With the 2013 election described as one of the “bloodiest” in Pakistan’s history (BBC News, May 2, 2013), the 2018 election seems to have followed the trend following high-casualty attacks carried out by the Islamic State and a number of reports of violence at polling stations on election day.…