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The Correlates of War Project
The correlates of war project
A History of the Correlates of War Project

This kind of research may help to liberate all who are, in one way or another, prisoners of war…. If we pick our research questions with courage, address them with imagination and rigor, and write them up with clarity and forthrightness, those of us in the world politics and peace research community may just make that modest difference between human survival and thermonuclear Armageddon.

—J. David Singer1

The Correlates of War Project (COW), which continues as the longest-running research program in the study of international relations, was launched by J. David Singer in 1963.2 Singer had been introduced to behavioral methodology during a postdoctoral program at Harvard University, and ...

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