Water-Related Intrastate Conflict and Cooperation (Waricc): A New Event Dataset

International Interactions 38/4: 529–545

Posted: 8 Dec 2017 Last revised: 12 Dec 2017

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Thomas Bernauer

ETH Zurich

Tobias Boehmelt

ETH Zürich

Halvard Buhaug

Peace Research Institute Oslo

Nils Petter Gleditsch

International Peace Research Institute, Oslo (PRIO)

Theresa Tribaldos

Independent

Eivind Berg Weibust

Independent

Gerdis Wischnath

Independent

Date Written: May 29, 2012

Abstract

Water scarcity is widely regarded as a key factor linking climate variability and change with conflict. However, existing research on the water-conflict nexus is hampered by poor data that inhibits drawing firm conclusions on the role of water in shaping societal stability and security. This article reports on the construction of a new dataset on subnational and georeferenced events over domestic water-related cooperation and conflict for 35 countries in the Mediterranean, the Middle East, and the Sahel for 1997–2009. The main value of this dataset is in its precision. Its key component, the Water Events Scale (WES), records the exact time, location, and intensity of water-related conflictive and cooperative events, as well as the actors involved. A few descriptive statistics and illustrations serve to demonstrate the usefulness of the new dataset for quantitative analyses of intrastate conflict and cooperation over water resources.

Keywords: Event Data, WARICC, Water Conflict, Water Cooperation

Suggested Citation

Bernauer, Thomas and Boehmelt, Tobias and Buhaug, Halvard and Gleditsch, Nils Petter and Tribaldos, Theresa and Weibust, Eivind Berg and Wischnath, Gerdis, Water-Related Intrastate Conflict and Cooperation (Waricc): A New Event Dataset (May 29, 2012). International Interactions 38/4: 529–545. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3082381

Thomas Bernauer

ETH Zurich ( email )

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Tobias Boehmelt (Contact Author)

ETH Zürich ( email )

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Halvard Buhaug

Peace Research Institute Oslo ( email )

Oslo, NO-0134
Norway

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Nils Petter Gleditsch

International Peace Research Institute, Oslo (PRIO) ( email )

Oslo
N-0260 Oslo
Norway

Theresa Tribaldos

Independent ( email )

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Eivind Berg Weibust

Independent ( email )

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Gerdis Wischnath

Independent ( email )

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