COW Governance


Director

The Correlates of War project is headed by a director charged with overseeing and coordinating the main activities of the project. These include tracking the status of the project's data sets, convening meetings, setting data gathering priorities and directions, helping to resolve coding disputes, grant getting, and coordinating with other data collection and management efforts as appropriate. The Director serves at the pleasure of the Advisory Board and is initially appointed for a 5 year term, which is renewable.

Past and Present Directors:
                 J. David Singer, 1963-1998
                 Stuart Bremer, 1998-2002
                 D. Scott Bennett, 2002-2004 (interim)
                 Paul F. Diehl, 2005-2012
                 Zeev Maoz, 2012-present

Associate Director

The associate director is responsible for the maintenance of the data archive and the more technical aspects of the project. These include maintaining and managing the web site, posting data sets, and overseeing the format of data sets and associated documentation. The COW data archive is currently managed at the Pennsylvania State University. The Associate Director serves at the pleasure of the Advisory Board for an indefinite period.

Past and Present Associate Directors:
                 D. Scott Bennett, 2005-present

Advisory Board
The Correlates of War project is overseen by an advisory board, which meets twice a year at the annual meetings of the International Studies Association and Peace Science Society (International) respectively. The board is composed of 9 voting members. The Director of the project consults with the Advisory Board on important matters and as the Director deems necessary. Final decisions about matters such as the appointment of the director and associate director, data set hosts and procedures, the adoption of new coding rules or restructuring of typologies and datasets, and the addition of new data as officially-designated COW data sets rest with the Advisory Board.

Advisory Board Membership
The Correlates of War project is overseen by an advisory board, which meets twice a year at the annual meetings of the International Studies Association and Peace Science Society (International) respectively. The board is composed of 9 voting members. The Director of the project consults with the Advisory Board on important matters and as the Director deems necessary. Final decisions about matters such as the appointment of the director and associate director, data set hosts and procedures, the adoption of new coding rules or restructuring of typologies and datasets, and the addition of new data as officially-designated COW data sets rest with the Advisory Board.

Current board members and the end dates of their terms are as follows:

April 2013: Philip Schrodt, Pennsylvania State University

April 2014: Meredith Sarkees, Global Women's Leadership in International Security (GWLIS)

April 2015: Patrick Regan, University of Notre Dame

April 2016: Patricia Sullivan, University of North Carolina

April 2017: Brett Ashley Leeds, Rice University

                Four Board members selected from among current data hosts will be selected shortly.

<Governance Structures Revised June 2012>