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Interstate Security Conflicts, 1945-1974 (ICPSR 7536)

Principal Investigator(s): Butterworth, Robert Lyle


This data collection contains information about 310 cases of interstate conflict that had a political-security focus and occurred between 1945 and 1974. Each case represents a conflict management problem associated with particular conflicts. Cases are characterized in terms of the goals of the parties and management agents as perceived by the international community at the time of the conflict. Thus, a case may not correspond directly to a conflict. (One case may represent several different conflicts and a conflict may result in several cases.) For each conflict management problem, data exists that identifies the core case and describes conflict characteristics (e.g., type of issue, number of fatalities, duration, and likelihood of abatement if no management agents became involved), management influence (e.g., specific agents -- including a range of 45 specific organizations and governments, agent's bias, and agent's previous involvement), and management action (e.g., at what phase of conflict the agent became involved, phase of strongest action, and technique of management action).

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Study Description


Butterworth, Robert Lyle. Interstate Security Conflicts, 1945-1974. ICPSR07536-v1. [distributor], 2017-12-19. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07536.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07536.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    conflict resolution, foreign affairs, international alliances, international conflict, international organizations, international relations, intervention strategies, mediation, military intervention, national security, nations, negotiation, political issues, terrorism, war, world problems

Geographic Coverage:    Global

Time Period:   

  • 1945--1974

Universe:    Interstate conflicts occurring between 1945 and 1974.

Data Type(s):    event transaction data

Data Collection Notes:

Variable 3, "Core Case", allows the user to select core cases in order to avoid counting conflicts twice.


Sample:    Conflicts with a political-security focus were used.


Original ICPSR Release:   1984-05-03

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