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Josef Korbel School of International StudiesSié Chéou-Kang Center for International Security & Diplomacy

University of Denver

Sié Center


The Sié Center is at the forefront of teaching and research on a range of twenty-first century issues, with projects exploring trends in conflict and violence, the changing character of violence and its alternatives, and the roles of non-state actors in shaping global security.

Data Downloads

Graph, UN Photo by Mark Garten

Data created by the research projects at the Sié Center is typically available for public use. The data from NAVCO 1.1, NAVCO 2.0, GATE-Israel, and SCAD can be found here. NAVCO 3.0 data will be available in 2016.
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Discursive Actions in Terror Environments


The DATE project studies the impact of positive rhetoric by government officials in reducing terrorist activity and evaluates what motivations drive officials to use conciliatory speech in response to terrorism.
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External Support for Nonviolent Campaigns

External Support, UN Photo / Amanda Voisard

External Support for Nonviolent Campaigns is a three year research project that seeks to address whether external assistance helps or hinders nonviolent resistance campaigns.
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Fisheries and Conflict

Fisheries and Conflict

This project aims to quantify the impacts of civil conflict on fish catch, the feedbacks between aquatic population dynamics, local markets, and food security, and model developing country fisheries as coupled natural human systems.
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Food Security and Conflict

Food Security

This project addresses the roles that international markets, conflict, and government policy play in creating food insecurity, as well as roles for the international community and development organizations in combating it.
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GATE Data Project


The Government Actions in Terror Environments (GATE) data project is a multi-institutional effort to collect and code data on state action toward terrorist organizations or their constituencies in select countries.
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Innovations in Peacebuilding

Nepal / Photo credit UK AID/DFID

Innovations in Peacebuilding seeks to explore a critical question: How do international norms, national dynamics, and local-level conditions interact to inform shape peacebuilding interventions at the local level in conflict-affected countries? 
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Major Episodes of Contention


The MEC data project uses open source news reports to identify major episodes of mass nonviolent, violent, and "mixed" contention from 1945-present so that researchers can better understand the origins and outcomes of contentious behavior.
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NAVCO Data Project


This project attempts to detect patterns in how tactical choices lead to success or failure of nonviolent and violent political movements. The project produces annual data on insurgent group behavior and events data on insurgent tactical selection.
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Networks & Security Governance

UN Meeting

This project examines how network theory can explain the way various associations of state and non-state actors govern contemporary security issues. The project focuses on a wide range of security issues from U.S. basing to anti-piracy to non-proliferation.
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Nonviolent Strategies in Violent Settings

Protest meeting of the United Democratic Front (UDF) in Johannesburg, 1985

This project, funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, explores nonviolent action in violent settings, with a particular focus on non-state actors and nonviolent strategies as drivers of security outcomes worldwide.
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Private Security Monitor


The Private Security Monitor is a research project that promotes access to information concerning the world-wide use and regulation of private military and security services.
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Religion and Social Cohesion in Conflict


This project is a six-country analysis of how international development partners interact with religious communities and actors in fragile states in efforts to build social cohesion. The project's case studies are Kenya, Guatemala, Lebanon, Nepal, Nigeria and Sri Lanka.
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Social Conflict in Africa Database


The Social Conflict in Africa Database (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.
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Terrorism Network Project

Terrorism Network Project

This project is a multi-institutional effort to understand how terrorist networks emerge, and with whom terrorist groups ally. Data on terrorist group alliance patterns are being collected and analyzed and will ultimately yield a publicly available data set.
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Business and Human Rights

Business and Human Rights

The project on Business and Human Rights encompasses existing and new initiatives at the University of Denver that explore the human rights impacts of business activities and the role business and civil society can play in protecting internationally recognized human rights.
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