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Tracking the Evolution of UN Security Council Debates

by Michael McLaughlin
Barack Obama, sitting in the middle of a circular table, chairs a UN Security Council meeting.

Researchers from multiple European universities have released a dataset of 65,000 speeches from UN Security Council meetings taking place between 1995-2017. The researchers extracted the dataset from 5,000 meeting transcripts, and the dataset includes metadata regarding each speakers’ affiliation, the position of the speech in a sequence of speeches in a meeting, and the date of the speech. The data shows that the meetings are increasingly featuring open debates concerning topics such as climate-related disasters and researchers can use this data to identify other trends in international politics. 

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Image: White House

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