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Creating a Database on Civil War, a Global Security Project


Wiegand-2A research team for the Baker Center’s Global Security program is currently working on creating the Issues in Civil War Dataset (or ICW). The team consists of Dr. Krista Wiegand, director of the Global Security program; Dr. Eric Keels, post-doctoral research fellow; Salena Chowdhury, a sophomore studying Political Science; and Greta Roberts, a junior studying Political Science and History.

The data project draws on primary and secondary sources to identify how rebel groups justify their efforts to overthrow the government or fight for secession from the state.

…to identify how rebel groups justify their efforts to overthrow the government or fight for secession from the statecivil war

The goal of the dataset is to provide not only a comprehensive dataset of rebel grievances, but also the relative salience of the rebel claims. The geographical scope of the project is currently limited to African Rebel groups since the end of WWII.

Student researcher, Salena Chowdhury says “It has been a privilege to be part of a project like this underneath Dr. Eric Keels and Dr. Krista Wiegand. They have truly been enlightening and have guided me along the research process.”

It has been a privilege to be part of a project like this underneath Dr. Eric Keels and Dr. Krista Wiegand. They have truly been enlightening and have guided me along the research process.

“After working on this research project, I came to fully understand the complex nature of separatist movements and civil wars,” says student reseacher, Greta Roberts. “I always had the misconception that most of these conflicts were being fought over a single issue or grievance, but this research showed me that many separatist groups are fighting for various reasons and have various goals that usually culminate in their own state.”


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