New Event Data in Conflict Research
International Interactions 38/4: 375–381
Posted: 8 Dec 2017 Last revised: 12 Dec 2017
Date Written: August 15, 2012
As this special issue of International Interactions demonstrates, there has been a resurgence of interest in recent years in event data for the analysis of various political phenomena, and conflict in particular. Concerted efforts in this area date back to the 1960s, notably the World Event Interaction Survey (WEIS) and Correlates of War Project (COW) (Schrodt 2012). The recent acceleration of event-data collection and analysis is driven primarily by new theoretical and empirical research agendas, which are in part motivated by changes in public policy agendas and by technological innovations that make information retrieval and processing more cost-efficient. In this issue, we take stock of these new developments in event-data collection and analysis. We do so both by showcasing several new event datasets and by presenting a selected set of studies that use new event data to address particular questions pertaining to violent conflict.
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