The Geocoded Peacekeeping Operations (Geo-PKO) Dataset 2.0

The Geo-PKO dataset provides data on UN peacekeeping deployments. It offers information on key attributes of peacekeeping deployments at the local level, including location, size, troop type, headquarters, troop-contributing countries and other variables.

UN Global Peacekeeping Deployments, 1994 - 2019

Data is derived from United Nations (UN) mission deployment maps, UN Secretary-General mission progress reports, and the Dag Hammarskjold Library Cartographic Section peacekeeping mission deployment maps.

UN Global Peacekeeping Deployments, 1994 - 2019 (highest troop count, by location)
UN Global Peacekeeping Deployments, 1994 - 2019 (highest troop count, by location)

2019 Deployments by Regions

  • UN Peacekeeping Deployments and Mission HQs - Africa and the Middle East, 2019
    UN Peacekeeping Deployments and Mission HQs - Africa and the Middle East, 2019
  • UN Peacekeeping Deployments and Mission HQs - the Middle East, 2019
    UN Peacekeeping Deployments and Mission HQs - the Middle East, 2019
  • UN Peacekeeping Deployments and Mission HQs - Europe, 2019
    UN Peacekeeping Deployments and Mission HQs - Europe, 2019
  • UN Peacekeeping Deployments and Mission HQs - Central America, 2019
    UN Peacekeeping Deployments and Mission HQs - Central America, 2019

Why explore peacekeeping at the local level?

While peacekeeping data exists widely at the country level, the Geo-PKO dataset is one of the first to enable scholars, students, analysts and the public to explore variations in peacekeeping at the sub-national level. This provides insight into themes such as troop composition and peacekeeping presence across geographic boundaries. When combined with DPCR’s other datasets, including the Uppsala Conflict Data Programme (UCDP) and the Violence Early-Warning System (ViEWS), Geo-PKO can also enable exploration of the relationship between sub-national peacekeeping and conflict. Click ”Explore Geo-PKO Data” at the top of the page to see animated maps of how troop deployments change spatially over time and within missions.

MISSIONS IN THE GEO-PKO DATASET

The Geo-PKO dataset provides data on UN peacekeeping missions, 1994-2019. The first version, Geo-PKO v 1.1, was released in 2019 and covered only missions to intrastate armed conflicts in Africa. Version 2.0 was completed in 2020 to extend the dataset to cover all missions (dealing with intra- and interstate conflicts) globally.

Missions in the Geo-PKO Dataset, 1994-2019

Missions in the Geo-PKO Dataset, 1994-2020

STUDIES USING GEO-PKO DATA

Using the Geocoded Peacekeeping Operations (Geo-PKO) Dataset

Geo-PKO data can be explored visually at the external website the GeoPKO data, or downloaded in CSV or RDS format below. Read about and replicate analysis and visualisation using the Geo-PKO dataset in RStudio

Please note that data has been coded in accordance with digitally published United Nations peacekeeping deployment maps, and some limitations may be found. Troop numbers are based on units identified in each map, in line with standard UN and NATO military unit sizes. The data is current as at December 2019, and will be updated until December 2020 in early 2021.

When using the data, please cite:

GEO-PKO 2.0 DATASET AND CODEBOOK

Previous versions of the dataset

Geo-PKO 1.2

Geo-PKO 1.1

Replication Files for the data presentation article

Contributors to Geo-PKO

Jonas Baumann, Deniz Cil, Hanne Fjelde, Nguyen Ha, Lisa Hultman, Brandon Ives, Desirée Nilsson, Tanushree Rao, Kajsa Tidblad-Lundholm, and Lou van Roozendaal.