ACLED, the product of the Armed Conflict Location and Event Project, is the most comprehensive dataset on political violence presently available.3 It was created to address the deficit of disaggregated data on political violence and analyses of conflict. ACLED

covers all African states from January 1997 to the present with updating in near-real timecoding lags behind events by only a month.4 More limited coverage is offered for select unstable states, including Haiti, Myanmar, and Pakistan. As of 2013, information on over 75,000 discrete events has been collected. Extensions to all of South Asia and the Middle East are planned for 2014. The data are derived from a variety of sources, concentrating on reports from war zones, humanitarian agencies, and research publications.