Turkey – Operation Olive Branch & Cross-Border Violence

January 2018 saw the beginning of Turkey’s offensive against the Kurdish-led Democratic Union Party (PYD) in Syria’s Afrin region, codenamed Operation Olive Branch. This operation builds upon Turkey’s initial intervention in Syria, Operation Euphrates Shield, which saw Turkish-backed Syrian rebels capture a significant amount of territory in Aleppo province. This operation succeeded in cutting off…

Regional Overview – Africa 5 February 2018

Across Africa in January 2018, political violence and protest levels rebounded from the lull in December 2017. This regional pattern is predominantly driven by a 38.5% increase in protest levels, where regional coordination between movements is provoking tougher government responses in anti-TPLF protests in Ethiopia, as well as in Tunisia and South Africa. Political violence-related…

Yemen: The World’s Worst Humanitarian Crisis Enters Another Year

Four years after the Houthi takeover of the capital Sana’a and the beginning of the Saudi-led military intervention, there is little to suggest that Yemen will find peace in the near future. As of January 2018, the conflict has killed tens of thousands of people and displaced millions, causing widespread devastation to the country’s civilian…