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Sources for Politics, Risk, Rights
Cross-National Time Series Data Archive
Annual time series, 1815-present for all countries on many topics. A major reference work.
Worldwide Governance Indicators (WGI)
Aggregate and individual governance indicators for 213 economies, 1996-2012.
Polity IV Project
Regime authority characteristics for all major (having a population of 500,000 or more), independent states in the global system over the period 1800-2018.
Country Indicators for Foreign Policy
Conflict, stability, diversity, environmental stress and other cross-national risk assessment statistics, 1985-2000.
Correlates of War Project
Quantifies wars, alliances, territorial changes, military material capability, diplomatic exchange, and bilateral trade for states, 1816-2010.
Woman Stats Project
Cross-national compilation of information on the status of women and women's rights, including health, violence, legal and economic security. Requires free registration.
Uppsala Conflict Data Program (UCDP)
Datasets and data visualization for conflict events involving states and non-state actors worldwide, 1946-present.
Global Terrorism Database (GTD) / National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START)
Event dataset on terror acts worldwide, 1970 to 2017. Funding has ceased from US State Department, so current data collection and publishing may have stopped.
Minorities at Risk (MAR)
Datasets on politically-active ethnic groups worldwide, 1945-present.
Global Database of Events, Language, and Tone (GDELT)
Massive events datasets on events and actors worldwide, updating every 15 minutes. GDELT ingests open news sources, analyzing them for names and emotions and themes.
Integrated Crisis Early Warning System (ICEWS) Dataverse
An events database aimed at providing advance notice of conflicts worldwide, presenting coded interactions, cooperative and hostile, between socio-political actors, 1995-present.