Conflict and Cooperation

March 14th 2017 - 13:55

As part of our annual Strategic Monitor initiative, HCSS has released a number of interactive Tableau Stories that each show a portion of the data HCSS has used to generate our findings for the 2016-2017 StratMon Report. 

When looking at the news it may be easy to assume that conflict in the world is on the rise, however does the data sufficiently support this? In this year's StratMon report, HCSS has analyzed global trends in conflict and cooperation among state and non-state actors in order to determine exactly how, when and where the world's most impactful positive and negative security, military, legal, economic, diplomatic, and informational trends have occured. Using data from the Global Database of Events, Language, and Tone (GDELT), Lockheed Martin's Integrated Crisis Early Warning System (ICEWS), and the Open Event Data Alliance’s Phoenix database, this Tableau story gives an expansive account of global trends in conflictual and cooperative behavior and takes a closer look at the position of the the Netherlands within the choppy currents of global interaction.

Click on the image to access the Tableau story.

Conflict and Cooperation

Stephan De Spiegeleire is senior scientist at HCSS. He has Master’s degrees from the Graduate Institute in Geneva and Columbia University in New York, as well as a C.Phil. degree in Political Science from UCLA. He worked for the RAND Corporation for nearly ten years, interrupted by stints at the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik and the WEU’s Institute for Security Studies. Mr. De Spiegeleire started out as a Soviet specialist, but has since branched out into several fields of international security and defense policy.

Dr. Tim Sweijs is the Director of Research at The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies. He is the initiator, creator and author of numerous studies, methodologies, and tools for research projects in horizon scanning, conflict analysis, international and national security risk assessment, and strategy and capability development. His main research interest concerns the changing character of modern day conflict. He has led multicenter research projects for both private and public sector organisations.

Hannes Rõõs is a data scientist at HCSS. He has a Master’s degree in Sociology from the University of Tartu and also holds Bachelor’s degrees in both Political Science and Sociology from the same university. In addition, he studied at the University of Oslo and the University of Mannheim for a total of three semesters. Prior to HCSS, Hannes worked as a research and teaching assistant at the University of Tartu and the associated Centre of Excellence for Strategic Sustainability.