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CASCON Project: Local Conflict Data, 1945-1969 (ICPSR 5301)

Principal Investigator(s): Bloomfield, Lincoln, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Center for International Studies; Beattie, Robert R., Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Center for International Studies


This study contains data on local conflicts for 52 nations in the period 1945-1969. The data are part of the database of the CASCON Project, an experimental information storage and retrieval system developed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to aid policy analysts in dealing with developing conflicts. Data are provided for approximately 500 factors affecting the course of each conflict, such as the situations, conditions, or relationships that tend to influence a conflict toward or away from violence. The factors are coded into three phases, the dispute, conflict, and hostilities phases. They are also grouped into several categories: previous or general relations between sides, great power involvement, general external relations, military and strategic, internal organizations, ethnic, economic, internal political pressures or situations, characteristics of one side, communication and information, and actions or controls in the disputed areas. For each conflict, the factor is further coded as either having no information available, not present, present but with no influence, with much, some, or little influence toward violence, or with much, some, or little influence away from violence.

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Study Description


Bloomfield, Lincoln, and Robert R. Beattie. CASCON Project: Local Conflict Data, 1945-1969. ICPSR05301-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1999. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR05301.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR05301.v1

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This study was funded by:

  • United States Arms Control and Disarmament Agency
  • University of Michigan. Voluntary International Coordination Project

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Original ICPSR Release:   1984-05-03

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