The Project on Violent Conflict (PVC) is an academic research center based at the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy located at the University of Albany, State University of New York (SUNY).
PVC’s mission is to advance the study of all forms of political violence, including the study of terrorism, insurgency, rebellion, as well as intrastate and interstate war. This mission is accomplished through multidisciplinary research and collaboration with other centers, universities, small businesses, and government entities.
PVC is currently working on multiple major projects primarily involving terrorism and insurgency and methods for countering them. Currently these projects are being funded by the Department of Homeland Security, Department of Defense, and National Science Foundation. For more information on PVC's projects, visit our current projects page.
To enable a better understanding of how terrorist organizations network and function over time, the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) at the University of Maryland has launched the Big Allied and Dangerous (BAAD) online platform. The innovative new tool features updated, vetted and sourced narratives, and relationship information and social network data on 50 of the most notorious terrorist organizations in the world since 1998, with additional network information on more than 100 organizations.
Funded through the Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate’s Office of University Programs, the underlying BAAD database was created and is maintained by the Project on Violent Conflict (PVC) at the University at Albany’s Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy. The data allow analysts, scholars and the public to investigate trends in organizational attributes and how these correlate with issues such as lethality, target selection, and use of CBRN weapons. The social network data also characterizes relationships between violent non-state organizations as well as relationships between countries and violent non-state organizations.