April 2017 Update:

The visualization of the updated KIM dataset (based on a sample of 9,196 militants killed between 1984 and 2016) is now available. 

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Kurdish Insurgency Militants (KIM) Dataset by Gunes Murat Tezcur is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.

The Kurdish Insurgency Militants (KIM) Dataset is one of the most comprehensive dataset about a violent political organization. This current release (June 30, 2016) includes biographical information about 8,011 Kurdish militants who lost their lives while fighting in the ranks of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK, Partiya Karkerên Kurdistan) between 1976 and 2012. The PKK is a Kurdish nationalist insurgency and has had military operations in Turkey, Syria, Iraq, and Iran. 

The only condition for accessing the KIM dataset is to cite the following article in any publication (online or printed, peer reviewed or otherwise) using or referring to information contained in the KIM dataset:

Güneş Murat Tezcür, “Ordinary People, Extraordinary Risks: Joining an Ethnic Rebellion,” American Political Science Review 110(2) (May 2016).


For any inquiries about the KIM dataset, please contact tezcur@ucf.edu. 

The KIM Dataset comes in two different versions, at the individual level and the district level. 

  • Kurdish Insurgency Militants (KIM) Dataset - Individual Observations

This dataset provides information about 8,011 PKK militants who lost their lives between 1984 and 2012. 

  • Kurdish Insurgency Militants (KIM) Dataset - District Observations

This dataset combines information from the KIM Dataset – Individual Observations and geographical, demographic, historical, socioeconomic, and political indicators at an aggregate level in Turkey. The unit of observations are districts of Turkey located in the southeastern part of the country with significant Kurdish population observed in five different periods corresponding to five distinct eras in the evolution of the PKK in Turkey. 

Both codebooks and datasets (in STATA format) are available here