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Religious Repression During Ashura Season: Cases From Bahrain, Iraq, and Yemen

16 December 2021

Religious celebrations can function as catalysts for religious repression, carrying a potential for state abuses and minority contestation (Hintz & Quatrini, 2020). A focus on Ashura celebrations demonstrates how regimes and believers can choose to respond to this Shiite festival depending on their respective religious affiliations, and how these responses can raise the risk for…

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‘Commanding Right and Forbidding Wrong:’ The Imposition of Islamic Morality in Iran, Yemen, Egypt, and Iraq

8 November 2021

Religious repression is often targeted at individuals and groups that express religious behaviors or religious affiliation (Fox, 2016; Sarkissian, 26 May 2015). However, repressive acts can also be directed at imposing a coercer’s religious values regardless of the victim’s religious affiliation (or lack thereof). ACLED-Religion captures this type of religious repression under the ‘imposition’ religious…

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The State of Yemen: Q2 2021 – Q3 2021

14 October 2021

In this edition of ACLED’s State of Yemen infographic series, Researcher Emile Roy and Middle East Research Manager Muaz A. map key developments in the conflict between the second quarter and third quarter of 2021.

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Religious Repression During Ramadan: Cases From Yemen, Bahrain, Iraq, Egypt, and Palestine

12 August 2021

Most religious holidays and festivals carry a potential for state repression and minority contestation. This is explained by three main factors: firstly, celebrations serve as a focal point in heightening identity salience; secondly, during major festivals, worshipers tend to defy state orders; thirdly, religious celebrations and rituals can disguise political claims and work as sites…

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The State of Yemen: Q1 2021 – Q2 2021

11 August 2021

In the first edition of ACLED’s new State of Yemen infographic series, Researcher Emile Roy and Middle East Research Manager Muaz A. map key developments in the conflict between the first quarter and second quarter of 2021.

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Mid-Year Update: 10 Conflicts to Worry About in 2021

5 August 2021

In ACLED’s special report on 10 conflicts to worry about at the start of 2021, we identified a range of flashpoints and emerging crises where violent political disorder was likely to evolve or worsen over the course of the year

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The Hazm Brigades

2 August 2021

After Houthi-Saleh forces advanced on the south of Yemen in early 2015, a number of local groups took up arms to fend off the incursion. Members of these groups constitute the bulk of what would become the Hazm Brigades.

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Religious Repression and Disorder: Bahrain, Iran, Iraq, and Yemen

4 June 2021

The ACLED-Religion pilot project collects real-time data on religious repression and disorder in the Middle East and North Africa. This spotlight report analyzes key trends from the latest data on Bahrain, Iran, Iraq, and Yemen. For more, download the full ACLED-Religion dataset or explore the data through the interactive ACLED-Religion dashboard. Bahrain: Ongoing Repression of…

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Aden Security

11 March 2021

Little-Known Military Brigades and Armed Groups in Yemen: A Series This series maps the activity of little-known military brigades and armed groups proliferating throughout the conflict in Yemen. Mapping these actors has become relevant for understanding future trajectories of violence in Yemen as some of them have developed significant combat capabilities with shifting allegiances. While…

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Interactive: 10 Conflicts to Worry About in 2021

19 February 2021

Explore an interactive visualization of ACLED’s special report on 10 conflicts to worry about in 2021. © 2021 Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project (ACLED). All rights reserved.

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