Practicing Violence Dataset (PRAVDA)

The Practicing Violence Dataset (PRAVDA) is a unique dataset built through the qualitative coding of the military and intelligence training manuals of various nation states (USA, UK, Russia, Israel) and of a series of extended interviews with perpetrators of war crimes and other violent abuses. The goal of PRAVDA is to provide a source of data for comparing ‘ideal-type’ forms of practical training delivered by security organisations with the ‘reality’ of the operational experience of those trained in these materials, in order to identify disjunctures and – hence – possibly beneficial revisions to training regimes. PRAVDA is designed to be used in conjunction with the Violence in Action Dataset (VIAD).

For ethical and legal reasons, PRAVDA is currently held under embargo until full anonymization procedures are applied and current legal debates over the possible uses of this material are clarified. Researchers interested in using PRAVDA in their own projects during this embargo period should contact Jonathan Luke Austin directly.