Riots and Protests against Rape in India

Following the highly covered gang-rape of a young woman on a bus in New Delhi in 2012 (BBC, 29 December 2012), the issues of rape and violence against women (VAW) have increasingly come into the social and political spotlight in India. In recent years, social activists have staged a sustained number of riots and protests…

Demonstrations in Iran: Water Shortages

The number of demonstrations in Iran has remained high this month as the wave of unrest that began in late December 2017 continues (to read more about this, see Demonstrations Across Iran). Over the past months, many of the demonstrations reported in Iran have been related to unemployment, wage delays, and the collapse of financial…

Conflict in Qatif

In early April, the killing of a police officer during a raid in the town of Awamiyyah attracted renewed attention on a simmering conflict in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province (The National, 8 April 2018). Despite a marked decrease in overall levels of political violence since last summer, the episode points to the long-standing tensions behind…

The Russian Involvement in Syria, Whom Do They target?

There is considerable debate over Russia’s ulterior motives in Syria. While motives may be hard to disentangle, ACLED data can shed light on Russia’s choice of targets. The Russian Defense ministry insists being in Syria to fight terrorist organizations (the Islamic State and Al-Qaeda affiliates). Western governments instead claim that Russia is not in the…

5 Hidden Conflicts in the Middle East: #4 Turkish Village Guards

In this series of infographics, ACLED’s Research Analyst, Melissa Pavlik, explores 5 hidden or under-reported conflicts across the Middle East. The fourth explores political violence events involving Turkish village guards (2017 – present).