The Commercial Military Actor Database

Petersohn, Ulrich ORCID: 0000-0002-2423-5264, Gottwick, Vanessa, Penel, Charlotte and Kellgren-Parker, Leila
(2022) The Commercial Military Actor Database. Journal of Conflict Resolution, 66 (4-5). pp. 899-923.

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<jats:p> This article introduces the Commercial Military Actor Database (CMAD), a dataset able to support research on civil war and commercial military actors. First, the CMAD covers all civil wars from 1980 to 2016 across all of the world’s regions except Europe, which enables the investigation of long-term regional and global trends. Second, the CMAD encompasses the corporate market segment and mercenary outfits, which facilitates the analysis of how those actors have impacted conflicts differently. Third, containing detailed information about the relationships behind exchanges, the CMAD allows users to disaggregate market exchanges. Using the CMAD’s new data, we examined trends in the market for force, and demonstrate the data’s added value. We re-examining Akcinaroglu and Radziszewski’s study on how private military and security companies affect the duration of civil war. The findings show that the market’s influence on conflict can only be fully understood by including corporate and mercenary actors. </jats:p>

Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Histories, Languages and Cultures
Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 01 Mar 2022 08:23
Last Modified: 18 Jan 2023 21:11
DOI: 10.1177/00220027211072528
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