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11 February 2015

ACLED Expands Conflict Tracking to Asia

The Armed Conflict Location and Event Database (ACLED) is now tracking conflict events in Asia as a part of the Strauss Center's new program on Complex Emergencies and Political Stability in Asia (CEPSA). ACLED is directed by Dr. Clionadh Raleigh, Strauss Center Associate and Professor of Human Geography at the University of Sussex.

ACLED provides real-time data on political violence by coding the date and location of violent events, enabling detailed analysis of conflict patterns, actors, and dynamics in Africa and now also in South and Southeast Asia.

The ACLED expansion will include six countries in South Asia (Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka) and five countries in Southeast Asia (Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam). In addition to posting monthly datasets of incidents of violence in these eleven countries, ACLED will publish monthly Asian Conflict Trends briefs, seeking to answer the following questions:

  • How are conflict environments, conflict actor networks, and conflict triggers different across the varied types of political violence in Asian states?
  • Where do varied instabilities overlap across Asian conflict clusters?
  • Are there identifiable causal connections between disaster events and security outcomes like riots, strikes, conflict, terrorism, complex emergencies, and state failure?

Expanding ACLED’s tracking and methodology to Asian countries will enable researchers and policy makers to compare levels of conflict across time, space, and varied conditions.

The first installment of ACLED-Asia data is now available for January 2014, along with the codebook and user guide. Monthly real-time updates will follow, along with historical data backdating to 2010, in the months ahead.

The data downloads, Asian Conflict Trends reports (starting in March 2014), and other ACLED-Asia publications will be available on the CEPSA website and ACLED website.

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