Cline Center's Mission
Cline Center Mission
Transforming information into knowledge that
advances human flourishing
The Richard G. and Carole J. Cline Center for Democracy is dedicated to advancing human flourishing around the world by using extreme-scale analysis of global news coverage to extract structured insight out of unstructured information, equip researchers with new tools for transforming that insight into deeper understanding of the causes and consequences of social conflict, and empower decision makers to apply this understanding in ways that promote societal well-being around the world.
The Center’s mission encompasses several research activities, including monitoring civil unrest around the world; tracking the over-time development of economic, political, and social indicators for 165 countries; and developing new machine algorithms and analysis tools for studying the tens of millions of articles in the Cline Center’s global news archive. The Center’s mission also supports a wide range of teaching and public engagement activities, from fellowship programs for faculty and graduate students to undergraduate research opportunities and topical symposia for the University of Illinois campus.
The Cline Center produces and distributes a number of datasets on topics like civil unrest, ethnic and religious group demography, and the rule of law. To find data, click here.
The Cline Center has a number of reports on our work monitoring civil unrest, ethnic and religious group populations, and other topics. To find a report of interest, click here.