The Dangerous Companions Project is an attempt to operationalize external state support of Non-State Armed Groups (NAGs) that are engaged in violent conflict against one or more governments within or outside the state(s) they live. External state support is defined as a contribution by a third party state to a NAG in the form of funds, safe havens, sanctuary, arms, logistics, and transportation of such resources. The project has two parts:
- The NAGs dataset codes 8 different forms of external state support and the year in which such support exists: (1) troop contribution, (2) safe haven for the members of a NAG, (3) safe haven for the leaders of a NAG, (4) headquarters for nonviolent propaganda and fundraising, (5) training camps, (6) training, weapons and logistics aid, funds, (7) transportation of funds, (8) logistics and arms. The data is coded for almost 500 NAGs that exist in theperiod between 1946 and 2010. Each case in the dataset is a triad-year thatinvolves a NAG, a target – the country subject to the violence of the NAG-, and a supporter –the country that has provided one or more types of support, such as training camps, safe havens, arms and equipment, funds, and troops to the NAG.
- The second part of the project is Dangerous Companions Database, which introduces a profile for each group with information on the foundation year, objectives and ideational characteristics. Each profile page also includes the sources used for data collection and coding. The NAGs Data Project was funded by a Marie Curie International Reintegration Grant for a 4-year period between February 2011 and February 2015 (Proposal Ref. No. FP7-268486 and Grant ID No. REA.P3(2010)D/3202).