Perspectives on War: Collecting, Comparing and Disaggregating Data on Violent Conflicts

Cover: Sicherheit und Frieden, 26 (4)

Cover: Sicherheit und Frieden, 26 (4)

Sven Chojnacki, Gregor Reisch – 2008

Generating data is analytically crucial for the identification of empirical trends and for theoretically explaining the occurrence, escalation and duration of war. Practically, it contributes to the objective of developing preventive measures. In order to evaluate the evolution and transformation of war, in this article, we first examine the macro-trends for the period between 1946 and 2007 compiled in a new Consolidated List of Wars. In the second part, we compare data from major data-gathering projects to assess both their degree of convergence and their usefulness for the scientific study of war. In the final section we open the black box of war. We present disaggregated violent events for the case of Somalia which is a striking example of organized violence between mostly non-state armed groups, the collapse of state authority and variations of violent events in time and space.

Titel
Perspectives on War: Collecting, Comparing and Disaggregating Data on Violent Conflicts
Verlag
Nomos
Ort
Baden-Baden
Schlagwörter
bewaffneter Konflikt, Gewaltakteure, Sicherheit, Teilprojekt C2, Teilprojekt C4
Datum
2008
Kennung
ISSN 0175-274X
Erschienen in
Sicherheit und Frieden, 26 (4), 233-245.
Sprache
eng
Art
Text