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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 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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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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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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Disruptive Effects on Autonomy


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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Inclusive Approaches to Peacebuilding

Inclusive / Photo Credit UN Photo

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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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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MicroMob: Dynamics of Women’s Mobilization

Photo Credit: Al Jazeera

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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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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Civil Action and Violence

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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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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