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Interstate Security Conflicts, 1945-1974

Resource Type
Dataset : event transaction data
  • Butterworth, Robert L.
Other Title
  • Archival Version (Subtitle)
Publication Date
Free Keywords
conflict resolution; foreign affairs; international alliances; international conflict; international organizations; international relations; intervention strategies; mediation; military intervention; national security; nations; negotiation; political issues; terrorism; war; world problems
  • Abstract

    This data collection contains information about 310 cases of interstate conflict that had a political-security focus and occurred between 1945 and 1974. Each case represents a conflict management problem associated with particular conflicts. Cases are characterized in terms of the goals of the parties and management agents as perceived by the international community at the time of the conflict. Thus, a case may not correspond directly to a conflict. (One case may represent several different conflicts and a conflict may result in several cases.) For each conflict management problem, data exists that identifies the core case and describes conflict characteristics (e.g., type of issue, number of fatalities, duration, and likelihood of abatement if no management agents became involved), management influence (e.g., specific agents -- including a range of 45 specific organizations and governments, agent's bias, and agent's previous involvement), and management action (e.g., at what phase of conflict the agent became involved, phase of strongest action, and technique of management action).
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • 1945 / 1974
    Time period: 1945--1974
Geographic Coverage
  • Global
Sampled Universe
Interstate conflicts occurring between 1945 and 1974.
Conflicts with a political-security focus were used.
Collection Mode
  • Variable 3, "Core Case", allows the user to select core cases in order to avoid counting conflicts twice.

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Alternative Identifiers
  • 7536 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR07536.v1
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    • ID: (URL)
  • Mandel, Robert. The Effectivness of Gunboat Diplomacy. International Studies Quarterly.30, (1), 59-76.1986.
    • ID: (URL)
  • Weede, Erich. Extended Deterrence by Superpower Alliance. Journal of Conflict Resolution.27, (2), 231-254.1983.
    • ID: 10.1177/0022002783027002002 (DOI)
  • Mandel, Robert. Roots of Modern Interstate Border Dispute. Journal of Conflict Resolution.24, (3), 427-454.1980.
    • ID: 10.1177/002200278002400303 (DOI)
  • Butterworth, Robert L., Scranton, Margaret E.. Managing Interstate Conflict, 1945-1974. Pittsburgh, PA: University Center for International Studies, University of Pittsburgh. 1976.
  • Butterworth, Robert L., Scranton, Margaret E.. Managing Interstate Conflict, 1945-1974: Data with Synopses. Pittsburgh: University Center for International Studies, University of Pittsburgh. 1976.

Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 6 | Registration Date: 2015-06-15

Butterworth, Robert L. (1984): Interstate Security Conflicts, 1945-1974. Archival Version. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.