Working Paper: Updates to ACLED

Since its original introduction as a small-scale academic project in 2010 covering political violence in Africa (Raleigh et. al, 2010), the Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project (ACLED) has evolved into an independent NGO with a global team of researchers collecting real-time data on political violence and demonstrations across the world. By mid-2020, nearly…

Explosions/Remote Violence in War

ACLED classifies Explosions/Remote violence events as asymmetric violent events aimed at creating asymmetrical conflict dynamics by preventing the target from responding. A variety of tactics are considered Explosions/Remote violence including bombs, grenades, improvised explosive devices (IEDs), artillery fire or shelling, missile attacks, heavy machine gun fire, air or drone strikes, chemical weapons, and suicide bombings.…

Special Focus on Coalition Forces in the Middle East

In today’s world, external actors are more often intervening in conflicts globally; more domestic armed conflicts have involved external states’ direct intervention in recent years than in any year since the end of World War II. This is especially the case in the Middle East, in which this internationalization is how foreign military power is…

Sources of Income and Political Conflict

Strong state capacity is difficult to attain in low-income countries where the state lacks access to resources to aid in effectively implementing policies. As a result, incomes are often used as a proxy measurement to determine the strength of state capacity, and states with lower incomes experience some of the highest levels of conflict (see:…

Select Publicly Available Political Violence Datasets — National-Level

ACLED has compiled a list of select publicly available political violence datasets offering data at the national-level. This table — found below — can also be downloaded here. For a list of select publicly available political violence datasets offering data at the regional-level, see the blog post on this topic. https://www.acleddata.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/Conflict-Datasets-Typology-Overview-National.pdf

Select Publicly Available Political Violence Datasets — Regional-Level

ACLED has compiled a list of select publicly available political violence datasets offering data at the regional-level. This table — found below — can also be downloaded here. For a list of select publicly available political violence datasets offering data at the national-level, see the blog post on this topic. https://acleddata.com/acleddatanew/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Conflict-Datasets-Typology-Overview-Regional-2.pdf