Ameneh Mehvar is the Middle East Research Manager at ACLED. She holds a PhD in International Relations and a master’s degree in Middle East and Central Asian Security from the University of St Andrews. Her research interests include foreign policy analysis, political psychology, security studies, and the international politics of the Middle East. Ameneh is fluent in Persian, English and German, and has a working knowledge in Arabic.

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: Central Asia and the Caucasus
17-30 May 2020

During the past two weeks in Central Asia and the Caucasus, deadly clashes continued in Afghanistan, though an unexpected truce by the Taliban decreased violence significantly. Protests related to coronavirus measures continued in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, as new regulations on civil society organizations and public events caused unrest in both countries. Border violence continued between…

The US-Taliban Peace Deal: 10 Weeks On

On 29 February 2020, the United States and the Taliban signed a peace deal in Doha, Qatar, after more than 18 years of conflict. The agreement contained four main provisions (US Department of State, 29 February 2020): 1) Halt attacks against the US: The Taliban provided guarantees that it “will prevent the use of the…

Regional Overview: Central Asia and the Caucasus
10-16 May 2020

Last week in Central Asia and the Caucasus, conflict in Afghanistan resulted in a high number of civilian casualties, while the president and his long-standing rival finally signed a power-sharing agreement, prompting the Taliban to renew its call for prisoner releases. Demonstrations over socio-economic issues resurfaced in Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan following the partial removal of…

Regional Overview: Central Asia and the Caucasus
26 April – 2 May 2020

Last week in Central Asia and the Caucasus, intensified Taliban attacks on Afghan forces prompted a warning from the US, while protests took place in Kazakhstan and Georgia over the coronavirus pandemic’s impact on local economies. Meanwhile, ceasefire violations continued between Azerbaijan and Armenia. In Afghanistan, the Taliban launched dozens of daily attacks on Afghan…