DADM – Intrastate Dispute Narratives

The intrastate dispute narratives provided at the links below contain information on several hundred cases of intrastate disputes throughout the world since the beginning of the 20th century, including disputes involving political control of the central government of countries, national liberation or independence movements, and secessionist or separatist movements.  Each of the dispute narratives (cases) is disaggregated into distinct dispute phases including pre-crisis, crisis, conflict, post-conflict, and post-crisis.  Every effort has been made to include precise and accurate dates for the beginning and ending dates of the dispute phases, as well as the dates of events described in the dispute narratives.  Nevertheless, there may be some errors in the information, including the dates of certain events, due to inconsistencies or inaccuracies in the sources. 

The information contained in the dispute narratives (cases) has been collected from hundreds of different primary and secondary sources.  In addition, a list of “sources” and a “selected bibliography” is provided at the bottom of each dispute narrative.  The “sources” refer to standard references/sources (such as media organizations) that are used extensively in this project, including BBC News, Reuters, New York Times, Keesing’s Record of World Events, Facts on File, and many other references/sources that are used across multiple dispute narratives.  The “selected bibliography” includes sources that are unique to a specific dispute narrative, including published books and journal articles regarding specific countries.

Much of the information contained in the dispute narratives was originally compiled by the Project Director for his dissertation research advised by Professor William Dixon in the Department of Political Science at the University of Arizona from 1998 to 2001.  The title of the dissertation is “Third-Party Interventions in Intrastate Disputes in the 20th century” (2001).  The dissertation project, involving several undergraduate research assistants, was funded by a dissertation grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and a dissertation fellowship from the Jennings Randolph Peace Scholarship Dissertation Program of the United States Institute of Peace.  The intrastate dispute narratives have subsequently been supplemented with information collected since 2001 by the Project Manager and research assistants in the Department of Political Science at the University of Central Arkansas.  Additional information is added to the dispute narratives as it is collected.

Permission is not required to use the information from the dispute narratives linked below, but if you use the information contained in the dispute narratives for your research projects, please be sure to acknowledge or cite the source of the information in your research papers and articles (see below).

Mullenbach, Mark J. Dynamic Analysis of Dispute Management (DADM) Project, Department of Political Science, University of Central Arkansas (Conway, AR),, (Please include the date on which the information was accessed).

Please contact Dr. Mark Mullenbach, Project Director, at if you have any questions or if you would like to report an error in the dispute narratives. 


Asia/Pacific region

Europe/Russia/Central Asia region

Middle East/North Africa/Persian Gulf region

Sub-Saharan Africa region

Western Hemisphere region


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