About Us

The Empirical Studies of Conflict Project (ESOC) identifies, compiles, and analyzes micro-level conflict data and information on insurgency, civil war, and other sources of politically motivated violence worldwide. ESOC empowers the nation’s best minds with the quality of data and information needed to address some of the most enduring and pressing challenges to international security. Ultimately, ESOC is committed to providing war fighters and policy makers with greater expert analyses and recommendations for responding to security threats.

ESOC was started in 2009 by practitioners and scholars frustrated with the high upfront costs required to do careful sub-national research on conflict. This website is designed to make it easier for others to do the kind of research that can make for better policy and thereby enhance security and good governance around the world.

ESOC has three objectives:
1. Identify priority analytical questions for policy makers and implementers working to manage conflicts and create a mechanism to sanitize, aggregate, or otherwise modify the information and data needed to study these questions through academic research and analyses.
2. Harness the expertise of leading scholars and empower them with the detailed conflict data required to provide cutting edge analytical support and policy analyses to government agencies.
3. Create and maintain a repository of quality micro-level data across multiple conflict cases and make these data available to a broader community of scholars and policy analysts.