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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.

Previous research projects can be found on our Archive page.

Data Downloads

Graph, UN Photo by Mark Garten

Data creates by the research projects at the Sié Center is typically available for public use. The data from SCAD, PSED, GATE-Israel, and GATE-Canada can be found here.
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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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Civil Action and Violence


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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Disruptive Effects of Autonomy

External Support, UN Photo / Amanda Voisard

This project seeks to understand the human, organizational, and political factors that will affect the willingness of individuals and bureaucracies to adopt autonomous systems, and the potential consequences of these attitudes.
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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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Inclusive Approaches to Peacebuilding


To better understand whether and when inclusive strategies reduce violence, peacebuilding and governance, we need improved data resources and focused case studies that carefully trace the meanings and operation of inclusion and how it affects political processes.
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Micromob: Dynamics of Women's Mobilization

Nepal / Photo credit UK AID/DFID

The MicroMob project aims to gather fine-grained data on who participates in mass protest events around the world. It aims to harness the power of user-generated photo images and social media to better understand the micro-dynamics and impacts of women's mobilization.
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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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Rigor, Relevance, and Responsibility

RRR box photo

The Rigor, Relevance, and Responsibility project is designed to make ethical considerations an integral part of policy-relevant research and engagement.
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Social Conflict in Africa Database

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

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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Women’s Rights After War

WRAW box photo

The Women's Rights After War (WRAW) project asks which women benefit from new opportunities, suggesting that the implementation of gender-egalitarian laws and policies often maps onto existing socio-political cleavages.