Data Dump Friday – Part 2, some Iraq Polling Data

Happy Friday.

I have just posted here three new things.

  1. A list of all the data sets that Steve Koczela obtained from the State Department through his successful FOIA application.
  2. An Iraq poll from April 2006 fielded by the Iraq Center for Research and Strategic Studies (ICRSS).  [Note – this organization seems to be defunct.  Perhaps someone out there knows something about this?]
  3. An Iraq poll also from April 2006 and asking the same questions as the ICRSS poll but fielded by the notorious combination of D3 Systems and KA Research Limited (KARL).

We already saw a head to head comparison of these two polls that left no doubt that much of the D3/KA data were fabricated (see also this post).

More next week!

Data Dump Friday – Event Data on the Colombia Conflict, 1988 – 2005

Hello everybody.  Today initiates a new regular feature of the blog which I will call “Data Dump Friday”.

Each week I will post some conflict data on this page until I run out of stuff to post.  Unless I get a research assistant to streamline this operation this will go on for a long time.  (If you’re aware of some data set you think I have and you want to have please email me at or put a comment up on the blog.)

The back story is that I’ve been planning for a long time to create a massive data page and then make a grand announcement when it’s done.  But it has finally dawned on me that I will never reach a point when suddenly I have a big bloc of free time to complete this chore.  So I’ve decided to do this project in dribs and drabs until I’m done.

The first installment is now up.  It is event data on the Colombian Conflict, 1988 – 2005.


Mystics and Statistics Blogs on the Economics of Warfare

A while back I directed readers to the Mystics and Statistics blog which I continue to recommend.  Mystics and Statistics now returns the favour with interest.  Check out their series of posts on my Economics of Warfare lectures.

I’ve just been dumping these lectures onto my blog without comment.  So you should appreciate the way that Chris Lawrence highlights just a few key moments in each lecture. Chris is a real authority on the quantitative analysis of war (See this, this and this).  Moreover, he operates much more closely to the policy, as opposed to the academic, world than I do.  So his perspective complements mine nicely.

Have a look!

PS – I expect to do a lot more blogging now that I’ve stepped down as Head of Department (hurray!)