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NAVCO 2.0 Released

The University of Denver's Josef Korbel School of International Studies today announced the release of Nonviolent and Violent Campaigns and Outcomes (NAVCO) 2.0 dataset for download. The NAVCO project is an attempt to provide researchers with data to understand the causes, dynamics, and outcomes of nonviolent mass campaigns. The project is the first of its kind to systematically explore the sequencing of tactics and their effects on the strategic outcomes of the campaigns, with the 2.0 dataset containing annual data on 250 nonviolent and violent mass movements for regime change, anti-occupation, and secession from 1945 to 2006.

The NAVCO data project is one of the ongoing research initiatives housed at the School's Sié Chéou-Kang Center for International Security and Diplomacy.  It is led by co-principal investigators Erica Chenoweth, assistant professor at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies, and Orion Lewis, visiting assistant professor at Middlebury College, and receives generous support from the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict.

The information on the nonviolent and violent mass movements cataloged in NAVCO 2.0 constitute the full population of known cases between 1945 and 2006 that held 'maximalist' goals of overthrowing the existing regime, expelling foreign occupations, or achieving self-determination at some point during the campaign.  Researchers can use these data to better answer questions about how tactical choices lead to the success or failure of such political movements, how inter-group relationships among competing insurgent organizations affects their strategic choices, and how the sequencing of tactical choices influence the overall outcomes of resistance movements.