Section 1

research

Conflict Unrest Monitoring

Riot Police assault on the Opera House

Riot Police assault on the Opera House by looking4poetry / CC BY

One of the main research initiatives at the Cline Center is the study of conflict (i.e. civil unreset) events. To study events of unrest the Cline Center has spent much of its time and resources on the extraction of civil unrest from unstructured data sources through the Social, Political, Economic Event Database (SPEED) Project. SPEED is a technology-intensive effort to extract event data from a global archive of news reports covering the Post WWII era. This event data is generated by human analysts using a suite of sophisticated tools to implement carefully structured and pretested protocols. These protocols are category-specific electronic documents that are tailored to the information needs of a particular category of events (civil unrest, property rights, electoral processes, etc.). In generating these event data SPEED leverages tens of billions of dollars that have been invested in compiling news reports from throughout the world.

To compliment the SPEED project and the study of conflict events, the Composition of Religious and Ethnic Groups Project (CREG) was started to create a set of time-varying measures that gauge the nature and depth of country-specific socio-cultural cleavages. It focused on 165 of the largest countries in the world (all countries with a population above 500,000 in 2004) during the post-WWII era to create country-specific projections on the relative sizes of the different groups during the postwar era.