International Conflict Episodes, 1945-1979 (ICPSR 8303)

Published: Jan 18, 2006

Principal Investigator(s):
Hayward R. Alker; Frank L. Sherman

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The dynamics of international conflict events are outlined in this collection, with a focus on sequences of events and the roles played by conflict management agents. Each conflict episode is divided into a number of phases--each designating a level of conflict--with a separate record for each phase of each case. The possible levels of conflict range from a quarrel or disagreement claimed by one party to be of international significance (phase 1: dispute) to military action (phase 3: hostilities) to a resolution of the conflict (phase 6: settlement). Also emphasized are referrals by conflict actors, i.e., initiatives to bring a case to the attention of a potential conflict manager. The collection is divided into five datasets: (1) a case overview, providing for each case such data as the number of phases and referrals, the presence of management agents, and probable outcome had there been no manager, (2) phase-specific information, including for each phase data on dates, interests at stake, actions taken, alliances, and extent of damages, (3) referral data, including agents involved and support for or opposition to each initiative, (4) data on conflict management agents, detailing the identity, degree of bias, and primary role of each agent, and (5) management agent actions, listing the types of action taken by each agent.

Alker, Hayward R., and Sherman, Frank L. International Conflict Episodes, 1945-1979. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2006-01-18.

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1945 -- 1979

The first three datasets delineated in this collection each consist of more than one physical file, so that a given case may extend across several files. Different units of analysis are utilized in each of the five datasets.


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