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Estimating Battle Deaths: A Challenging Exercise

17 Sep 2012

At the Human Security Report Project, two primary battle death datasets are used in the analysis of global trends in organized violence. These datasets created by the Uppsala Conflict Data Program (UCDP) and the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) provide the best estimates of the numbers of worldwide battle deaths available today.

This memo provides a clear and concise review of the differences between the UCDP and PRIO datasets to reveal that despite these differences, and in part because of them, these datasets are in fact complementary to the study of global trends in armed violence.

For researchers and policy-makers interested in understanding trends in death tolls from organized violence and what drives them, and in determining the impact of violence-reduction strategies, there are no substitutes for the trend data revealed by the PRIO and UCDP battledeath datasets.

Read the memo here.

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