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Abstract: Updates International Military Intervention (IMI), 1946-1988. This newer study documents 447 intervention events from 1989 to 2005. To ensure consistency across the full 1946-2005 time span, the original coding procedures were followed. The data collection thus "documents all cases of military intervention across international boundaries by regular armed forces of independent states" in the international system). "Military interventions are defined operationally in this collection as the movement of regular troops or forces of one country inside another, in the context of some political issue or dispute". As with the original IMI (OIMI) collection, the 1989-2005 dataset includes information on actor and target states, as well as starting and ending dates. It also includes a categorical variable describing the direction of the intervention, i.e., whether it was launched in support of the target government, in opposition to the target government, or against some third party actor within the target state's borders. The intensity of the military intervention is captured in ordinal variables that document the scale of the actor's involvement, "ranging from minor engagement such as evacuation, to patrols, act of intimidation, and actual firing, shelling or bombing". Casualties that are a direct result of the military intervention are coded as well. A novel aspect of IMI is the inclusion of a series of variables designed to ascertain the motivations or issues that prompted the actor to intervene, including to take sides in a domestic dispute in the target state, to affect target state policy, to protect a socio-ethnic or minority group, to attack rebels in sanctuaries in the target state, to protect economic or resource interests, to intervene for strategic purposes, to lend humanitarian aid, to acquire territory or to dispute its ownership, and to protect its own military/diplomatic interests. The variable, civilian casualties, which complements IMI's information on the casualties suffered by actor and target military personnel has been added. OIMI variables on colonial history, previous intervention, alliance partners, alignment of the target, power size of the intervener, and power size of the target have been deleted.
Abstract: This data collection focuses on political regimes and regime transitions in 47 countries in sub-Saharan Africa. The first part of the dataset contains information on the characteristics of post-colonial political regimes from independence to December 31, 1989 (63 variables). Economic variables include GNP per capita, inflation, structural adjustment programs, overseas development assistance, and external debt, while social indicators concern ethnic and religious fragmentation. Political variables provide a listing of every national election in Africa from independence to 1989, for totals of 106 presidential and 185 parliamentary contests, the number of political parties, association groups, and media outlets in each country in 1975 and 1989, and type of political regime, including the duration of each regime in years and the total number and mode of previous regime transitions up to 1989. The second part of the dataset covers the political dynamics of regime transitions for the five-year period from the beginning of 1990 to the end of 1994 (36 variables). The researchers created a standardized framework to identify and categorize the key events and features of political transitions, concentrating on landmark events such as political protests, liberalization reforms, elections, and changes of government in each country. In addition, the researchers assembled a complete set of standard election results for every multiparty contest in Africa between 1990 and 1994, along with information on whether observers ruled the vote as free and fair, whether incumbents were ousted, and whether losers accepted the results.
Abstract: This study contains data on over 13,000 foreign conflict acts of 113 nations in the period 1950-1968. Data are provided for actor and object, either of which may refer to nations, colonies, international organizations, or groups in rebellion against national authority and involved in international relations. Data are also provided for official and unofficial acts, which are categorized into violent and nonviolent acts. Violent acts are further categorized into planned and unplanned acts, as well as unclassified acts. These include warning or defensive acts related to a developing conflict situation, threat, war, clash, or negative behavior such as blockade, embargo, or diplomatic rebuff of one nation by another. Nonviolent acts include boycott and anti-foreign demonstrations. The source of the data as well as measures of its reliability is also coded.
Abstract: This study contains data on the transfer of arms to 52 developing nations in the period 1945-1968. The Arms Transfers data (Part 1) provide information on donor and recipient, date and site of transfer, quantity, system classification (e.g., aircraft, helicopters, missiles, artilleries, small arms, or naval systems), and date production began and ended. The Weapons Systems data (Part 2) contain detailed coded information about each weapons system.
Abstract: This project updates INTERNATIONAL MILITARY INTERVENTION (IMI), 1946-1988 (ICPSR 6035), compiled by Frederic S. Pearson and Robert A. Baumann (1993). This newer study documents 447 intervention events from 1989 to 2005. To ensure consistency across the full 1946-2005 time span, Pearson and Baumann's coding procedures were followed. The data collection thus "documents all cases of military intervention across international boundaries by regular armed forces of independent states" in the international system (Pearson and Baumann, 1993). "Military interventions are defined operationally in this collection as the movement of regular troops or forces (airborne, seaborne, shelling, etc.) of one country inside another, in the context of some political issue or dispute" (Pearson and Baumann, 1993). As with the original IMI (OIMI) collection, the 1989-2005 dataset includes information on actor and target states, as well as starting and ending dates. It also includes a categorical variable describing the direction of the intervention, i.e., whether it was launched in support of the target government, in opposition to the target government, or against some third party actor within the target state's borders. The intensity of the military intervention is captured in ordinal variables that document the scale of the actor's involvement, "ranging from minor engagement such as evacuation, to patrols, act of intimidation, and actual firing, shelling or bombing" (Pearson and Baumann, 1993).
Abstract: IPSAportal is the portal of the International Political Science Association and an official online IPSA publication. Hundreds of useful, rich and qualitatively outstanding websites for political science are selected, rewieved and evaluated by IPSA in order to provide scholars and students of the discipline worldwide an useful tool for online research. Among others, crucial information about the nature, quantity and retrievability of the content, the easiness of access and use and the fee policy of each site are provided.
Abstract: The peacebuilding (PB) database is a unique electronic resource that brings together information and links on the range of instruments available to support relief, development, security and sustainable peace around the world. In addition, the database highlights the evolving practice of interagency coordination and holistic approaches to peacebuilding, as well as new research on contemporary armed conflict. The aim is to provide a comprehensive, multisectoral overview of the state of the art of peacebuilding to practitioners, policy makers and students working on these topics.
Within these major themes, you will find links to key research, policy and operational agencies, best practices, evaluations, and case studies. The database is constantly being updated and we welcome comments, suggestions or information on new sources that should be included.
* Humanitarian & Development Assistance
* Security Assistance & Peace Operations
* Diplomacy, Conflict Resolution, & Reconciliation
* Human Rights and Justice
* Interagency and Cross-Sectoral Coordination
* New Research On Peace and Conflict
The PDSP project makes every effort to ensure, but does not guarantee, the accuracy of the information on this site. Hyperlinks to other web sites imply neither responsibility for, or approval of, the information contained in those web sites.
Abstract: Forced migration as an academic field of study is very much in flux. Its focus continues to be debated and its parameters, scope, theoretical underpinnings, and methodological approaches have yet to be fully defined. So why produce a research guide for this subject area? The answer is that despite the lack of consensus and ongoing discussions, a significant body of research literature relating to something referred to as “forced migration” already exists in both print and electronic form and is growing exponentially. As such, a guide is needed to help researchers better understand this literature in order to gain access to it as efficiently and methodically as possible.
The principal audience for this guide is students in a higher education setting who require an introduction to the main research tools and information sources in their subject area of interest. However, it should also appeal to novice researchers based in non-governmental organizations, governmental agencies, and international bodies who may not be familiar with the full range of information resources available to them beyond those produced by their individual offices. In addition, the guide can serve as an information primer to policy researchers who are increasingly called on to conduct comprehensive literature searches for the purpose of meeting the standards of evidence-based research. Finally, the guide should prove useful to librarians and information specialists who provide reference and research assistance to their users.
In this guide, “research” refers to the process of systematically seeking out and compiling materials and sources in order to answer a question, expand one’s knowledge of an existing topic, or discover something new. Because so many different lines of inquiry can be pursued within the field of forced migration, this guide makes no assumptions about what constitutes a typical researcher. However, it does assume readers have a basic familiarity with both libraries and the Internet. It is impossible to ignore the Internet as both a tool for finding information and as an information resource in and of itself. Many forced migration organizations maintain an online presence and use the Internet for a wide range of information services. At the same time, this guide highlights information sources that are not freely available online, although they may be identified via the Internet, i.e., books, journal articles, and older materials that are more likely to be retrieved through libraries. Undertaking effective research on forced migration issues requires adopting a hybrid strategy that encompasses both the library and Internet environments. Strategy aside, this guide recognizes that readers will have variable access to information repositories: library collections or the Internet or both or neither. It therefore describes both print and electronic resources, and, whenever possible, provides the reader with multiple options for retrieving the full-texts of these sources.
Abstract: The Hague Justice Portal - Portail Judiciaire de La Haye is the virtual gateway to information, news, and research activities in, and related to, The Hague. It was initiated by The Hague Academic Coalition and officially launched by Her Royal Highness Princess Margriet of the Netherlands on 6 April 2006. The Portal disseminates up-to-date information about core legal institutions and about international organisations. The Portal also promotes, and provides increased access to the workings of Hague-based institutes and research centres that are relevant to the pursuit of international peace, justice and security.
Abstract: The new Peacebuilding Portal aims to promote collaboration and consultation among organizations and individuals working in conflict prevention and peacebuilding. Learn more about the Portal and explore the ways to access information through the site map or search. This site was launched in conjunction with a redesign of the websites of the "three pillars" of the peacebuilding architecture: the Peacebuilding Commission, the Peacebuilding Fund, and the Peacebuilding Support Office
Abstract: There are several cross country conflict data sets and a few datasets of particular countries. Most of them are available on the Internet. Repositories also have datasets of political instability and conflict.
Abstract: The Terrorism & Preparedness Data Resource Center (TPDRC) is housed at the University of Michigan's Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR). TPDRC archives and distributes data from a variety of sources. It also organizes and streamlines access to extant research and administrative data from across the world that are relevant to the study of terrorism and the response to terrorism for descriptive and scientific analysis by academics and researchers. TPDRC is jointly managed by researchers from the University of Maryland's National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START, a Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence), Michigan State University's School of Criminal Justice, and the University of Michigan's National Archive of Criminal Justice Data.
Abstract: In July 2003, under Operation Helpem Fren, the 16 member states of the Pacific Islands Forum deployed troops, police and civilian advisors to Solomon Islands through the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI). As of late-2007, there were are over 350 Australian police and military personnel serving in Solomon Islands as part of RAMSI, together with more than 150 civilian advisors. The military forces are tasked to provide security for police and civilian staff who make up RAMSI’s Participating Police Force (PPF) - over 220 police from the Australian Federal Police (AFP) and state police forces are part of the PPF, which also includes police contingents from around the region. Under Operation Anode, the ADF has deployed a military contingent to support the policing operation in Solomon Islands. ADF personnel are the largest contingent in a Combined Task Force serrving together with New Zealand, PNG, Fijian and Tongan troops. Australian civilian advisers make up the overwhelming majority of RAMSI staff working in various Government ministries and in RAMSI-supported projects. The numbers of Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel deployed to Solomon Islands have varied over time - after an initial deployment of over 1,400 people in July 2003, the number of troops has wound down, and the military component has recently been supplemented by rotations of reserve troops from Australia and New Zealand.
Abstract: Lessons from Rwanda: The United Nations and the Prevention of Genocide, an information and educational outreach programme, has launched a new website. The programme, established by General Assembly resolution 60/225, aims to “mobilize civil society for Rwanda genocide victim remembrance and education in order to help prevent future acts of genocideâ€. The site includes a variety of types of content, including key documents, audio-visual resources, and a discussion guide.
Abstract: This on-line bibliographic catalogue lists materials held in hardcopy in AREU's research library in Kabul, Afghanistan. AREU's collection includes books, pamphlets, government publications, periodicals, maps, CDs, DVDs, etc. in English, Dari, Pashto and other languages. When we know these materials are available for download on the internet we provide a URL link in the bibliographic record. Some important materials not available elsewhere are made available here for download.
Abstract: This website provides documents and resources on peacebuilding in Sierra Leone, with a focus on four priority areas determined by the United Nations Peacebuilding Commission, in consultation with the Government of Sierra Leone. An independent project of HPCR International, a non-profit organization, this website is targeted to practitioners and policy-makers.
Abstract: Reflecting on the evolving dynamic between the military and civilian agencies in humanitarian action looks at: complex emergencies, development, nation-building, peace-building, peace support operations, etc.
Abstract: To coincide with the launch of the 2007 SIPRI Yearbook, the SIPRI Arms Transfers Project is proud to announce that the SIPRI Arms Transfers Database is now freely accessible online. The database is regularly updated and contains information on all international transfers of major conventional weapons since 1950. As such, the database represents a truly unique resource, containing information on transfers to or from over 200 countries and rebel groups, amounting to over 20,000 individual arms deals.
The database can be used to generate two types of outputs, First, written reports, which provide the number of weapon systems ordered and delivered, the years of deliveries, and the financial value of individual deals. Second, statistical data, which provide an indicator of the volume of arms transferred. Users are now free to download information on any supplier or recipient covered by the database, and for any time period between 1950 and the most recent full calendar year.
Abstract: Across the country, people are making their voices heard to stop the genocide in Darfur, Sudan. The new Take Action page on our Web site continues our efforts to reach out to and support the student genocide prevention movement, and now provides opportunities for all Web site visitors to get involved. You can access resources, see what others are doing, and find out what you can do to raise awareness about current threats of genocide.
Abstract: Over the past five years, a number of governments and regional bodies have begun to adopt policies and laws on internal displacement; others are in the process of doing so. This compilation contains existing policies and laws from 13 countries and notes 5 countries currently drafting policies and laws. As new policies and laws are adopted, we will make them available through our website.
Abstract: Refworld is the leading source of information necessary for taking quality decisions on refugee status. Refworld contains a vast collection of reports relating to situations in countries of origin, policy documents and positions, and documents relating to international and national legal frameworks. The information has been carefully selected and compiled from UNHCR's global network of field offices, Governments, international, regional and non-governmental organizations, academic institutions and judicial bodies.
Abstract: The Afghanistan Conflict Monitor is an initiative of the Human Security Report Project at the School for International Studies at Simon Fraser University.
The Monitor highlights new research and analysis on the conflict in Afghanistan. In addition to the conflict itself, the Monitor focuses on a broad set of related issue-areas, including health, development, displacement, governance, gender, small arms, landmines, human rights and transitional justice.
The Monitor provides summaries of academic articles and reports, and links to key documents, publications, organizations, and data.
Abstract: Diakonia's website "Easy Guide to International Humanitarian Law in the occupied Palestinian territory" is part of the information component of the International Humanitarian Law (IHL) Program.
The goal of the website is to provide basic information about international humanitarian law in general, and specifically analyze the situation in the occupied Palestinian territory from an IHL perspective in easy language for non-lawyers.
The target groups are Swedish as well as English speakers who are interested in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, generally familiar with the facts on the ground but are seeking to familiarize themselves with the legal tool in their advocacy messages and analysis.
Abstract: CharlesTaylorTrial.org will provide news and expert analysis xe2x80x94 updated daily xe2x80x94 throughout the trial of Charles Taylor. It is intended as the primary resource for all those interested in the trial, with a particular emphasis on reaching West African audiences.