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.

  • ESOC Annual Meeting: May 9-10, 2019 Read more

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

  • New post by Minerva's Owl in the Olive Tree Blog 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

  • ESOC Working Paper 9: A New Resource Curse - map

    ESOC Working Paper: A New Resource Curse Read more

  • ESOC Working Paper: Hard Traveling Read more

  • ESOC Working Paper: Displaced Loyalties - map

    ESOC Working Paper: Displaced Loyalties Read more

  • ESOC Policy Paper: Understanding Risk and Resilience to Violent Conflicts Read more

Research Highlights

Despite decades of violent conflict across countries like Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iraq, thousands of private sector firms are operating in those among other conflict-affected regions.

President Trump’s announcement of further troop reductions in Afghanistan raises a substantive question. To what end are US forces engaged at all, after 17 years of a conflict that remains unresolved? Some argue that we should exit interminable conflicts in fragile states because we cannot win.

Working Papers

Can institutionalized transfers of resource rents be a source of civil conflict? Are cohesive institutions better at managing conflicts over distribution?