Regional Overview: Central Asia and the Caucasus
13 December 2020-8 January 2021

Over the past month in Central Asia and the Caucasus, violence in Afghanistan between the Taliban and Afghan Forces remained steady. The Islamic State (IS) and Al Qaeda also conducted attacks, including targeted killings of civilians at a higher rate. Several clashes took place in the Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) region between Azerbaijani forces and Armenian armed…

Regional Overview: South America
13 December 2020-8 January 2021

Last month in South America, demonstrations decreased across the region. Nevertheless, a controversial abortion bill led thousands of Argentinians both for and against the bill to the streets. Some countries continued to experience significant political unrest, including Bolivia, Peru, and Venezuela. In Peru, farmers across the country demonstrated to demand approval of a new farming…

Regional Overview: Africa
13 December 2020-8 January 2021

During the last four weeks in Africa, rebel groups launched major operations in the Central African Republic; intercommunal violence continued to proliferate throughout Ethiopia; and Islamic State militants carried out the deadliest attacks against a Nigerien civilian population in recent years. In the Central African Republic (CAR), major rebel groups merged command structures during an…