Regional Overview: United States
12-18 July 2020

There was a slight decline in demonstrations reported in the United States (US) last week. Largely peaceful demonstrations associated with the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement continued across the country, although violent incidents were reported in some cities. In Portland, Oregon, controversy surrounding the deployment of federal agents has led to several lawsuits against the…

Regional Overview: East Asia
12-18 July 2020

Last week in East Asia, key developments include: a continued downward trend for pro-democracy demonstrations in Hong Kong amid passage of the national security law; major brawls between Kuomintang and Democratic Progressive Party lawmakers in the Taiwan parliament over the appointment of the president of the Control Yuan; anti-sexual harassment protests and deepened political division…

Regional Overview: Europe
12-18 July 2020

In Eastern Europe, key developments include: a spike in anti-government demonstrations in Bulgaria; an increase in demonstrations in Belarus ahead of the August presidential election; and major protests in Russia against what are perceived to be politically motivated arrests and prosecutions of activists and politicians across the country. Anti-government demonstration activity surged dramatically in Bulgaria…

Regional Overview: Central America and the Caribbean
12-18 July 2020

Last week in Central America and the Caribbean, the number of attacks against civilians slightly declined, while the number of battles remained steady, with several clashes involving criminal groups throughout Mexico. The coronavirus pandemic and its economic fallout remains a driver for demonstration activity, although demonstration events last week considerably decreased, especially in Mexico. In…

Regional Overview: South America
12-18 July 2020

Last week in South America, key developments include: increased demonstrations over coronavirus-related issues across the region; increased political unrest in Chile; political killings and clashes between armed groups in Colombia; continued armed clashes between criminal groups in Brazil; and the inauguration of Suriname’s new president. The number of pandemic-related demonstration events slightly increased in the…

Regional Overview: Africa
12-18 July 2020

Last week in Africa, Al Shabaab launched a failed assassination attempt on the chief of the Somali National Army; Ambazonian separatists engaged in high profile attacks against civilians in Cameroon; and voter registration prompted violence in Ghana. In Somalia, Al Shabaab staged a failed assassination attempt on Somali National Army chief General Odawaa Yusuf Rageh…

Regional Overview: Middle East
12-18 July 2020

Last week was another relatively quiet week across the Middle East. However, across the region, event counts are slowly increasing back to the numbers seen before the coronavirus outbreak. Explosions/remote violence and protests remain the most frequent event types. Last week, there was an increase in explosion/remote violence events in Syria, particularly in shelling attacks. …

Regional Overview: Central Asia and the Caucasus
12-18 July 2020

Last week in Central Asia and the Caucasus, despite intense clashes between the Taliban and Afghan forces, both parties continued to release prisoners as part of the US-Taliban deal, raising hopes about imminent intra-Afghan peace talks. Additionally, cross-border clashes and shelling took place between Afghan and Pakistan militaries. A sudden flare-up in the Armenia-Azerbaijan border…

Regional Overview: South Asia
12-18 July 2020

Key trends in South Asia last week include: armed clashes between security forces and domestic rebel groups in Pakistan; continued targeting of political leaders by militants in India; election-related violence in India and Sri Lanka; and continued coronavirus-related violence in India. In Pakistan, targeted attacks by ethnonationalist militant groups continued last week in Balochistan province.…