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 warfighters and policymakers with greater expert analyses and recommendations for responding to security threats.

  • New ESOC Working Paper: China and the World Bank - How Contrasting Development Approaches affect the Stability of African States Read more

  • Formal Employment and Organized Crime: Regression Discontinuity Evidence from Colombia Read more

  • The Geography of Dictatorship and Support for Democracy Read more

  • Brothers or Invaders? How Crises-Driven Migrants Shape Voting Behavior Read more

  • Press Release: Private Sector Can Grow Despite Violent Conflict, Princeton Study Shows Read more

  • Jake Shapiro and Eli Berman contribute to latest post by 'Owl in the Olive Tree' Read more

  • Cohesive Institutions and Political Violence Read more

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    ESOC Working Paper: Do Museums Promote Reconiliation? Read more

  • New Publication: Small Wars, Big Data -- The Information Revolution in Modern Conflict Read more

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    ESOC Working Paper: A New Resource Curse Read more

Research Highlights

Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs) create novel opportunities for a wide range of political actors.

We are pleased to share the Woodrow Wilson School's recent feature story covering our 2019 ESOC Annual Meeting. 

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Working Papers

China’s development model challenges the approaches of traditional Western donors like the World Bank. We argue that both aim at stability, but differ in the norms propagated to achieve that.