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Hendrix and Salehyan Release New SCAD Conflict Data for Africa and Latin America

Aug 30, 2016 |

As part of the Strauss Center’s Climate Change and African Political Stability (CCAPS) program, the Social Conflict Analysis Database (SCAD) team released updated data for Africa and Latin America covering conflicts through December 2015. The SCAD research project is led by Strauss Center senior fellows Cullen Hendrix and Idean Salehyan.

SCAD includes protests, riots, strikes, inter-communal conflict, government violence against civilians, and other forms of social conflict not systematically tracked in other conflict datasets. Each event record contains information on the location, timing, and magnitude of social conflict events, as well as the actors, targets, issues of contention, and government response. While other data sources contain rich information about armed conflict in Africa and other regions, the goal of the SCAD project is to provide researchers, journalists, NGOs, and the policy community more detail about other forms of social conflict.

The new SCAD datasets and codebook are available here.

The new SCAD data—as well as additional CCAPS data on climate vulnerability, conflict, and aid—can also be explored in CCAPS’ dynamic mapping platform here.

The SCAD team has used the SCAD dataset to explore a range of critical questions about the relationships between conflict and climate shocks, food prices, water security, elections, and government repression, among other topics. These publications are available here.