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

University of Denver

Sié Center

Research

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.

Building Infrastructure For Peace

UN Adviser

This project systematically catalogs lessons learned from the United Nations Peace and Development Advisors. These officials typically work in conflict-affected countries right at the intersection between conflict dynamics and development challenges.
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NAVCO Data Project

Protest

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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Discursive Actions in Terror Environments

Fisheries

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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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

GATE

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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Major Episodes of Contention

MEC

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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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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Private Security Monitor

PMSC

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

Religion

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

SCAD

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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