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: Central Asia and the Caucasus
29 March-4 April 2020

Last week in Central Asia, prisoner exchange negotiations continued between the Taliban and the government in Afghanistan, as state forces arrested the leader of the country’s Islamic State affiliate. In Kyrgyzstan, measures to contain the spread of the coronavirus triggered protests, while the pandemic led to rising food prices in Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan, fueling unrest.…

Regional Overview: Central Asia and the Caucasus
15-21 March 2020

Last week in Central Asia and the Caucasus, the Taliban increased attacks on Afghan forces while also conducting an operation against the Islamic State Khorasan (IS-K) in northeastern Kunar province. In Kazakhstan, Georgia, and Uzbekistan, protests took place over government measures to combat the coronavirus outbreak, in addition to further demonstrations over property rights in…

Regional Overview: Central Asia and the Caucasus
8-14 March 2020

Last week in Central Asia and the Caucasus, key developments include protests in Kazakhstan and Abkhazia, Georgia following the coronavirus outbreak; state interventions in International Women’s Day protests in Kyrgyzstan and Azerbaijan; and ongoing ceasefire violations between Azerbaijan and Armenia. In Afghanistan, Taliban attacks on Afghan security forces continued while new controversies arose concerning intra-Afghan…

Regional Overview: Central Asia and the Caucasus
1-7 March 2020

Last week in Central Asia, violence increased in Afghanistan as Taliban and Afghan forces resumed fighting following the previous week’s peace deal. At the same time, violent demonstrations took place in Kyrgyzstan in support of an imprisoned opposition politician. In the Caucasus, cross-border fighting caused further casualties, though ceasefire violations continued at similar levels.   In…

Regional Overview: Central Asia and the Caucasus
16-22 February 2020

Last week in Central Asia, key developments include a crackdown on opposition protests in Kazakhstan; demonstrations against Chinese investment in Kyrgyzstan; and post-election disputes in Afghanistan, as the United States and the Taliban agree to a reduction of violence. In the Caucasus, ceasefire violations between Armenia and Azerbaijan continued at slightly higher levels.  In Kazakhstan,…

Regional Overview: Central Asia and the Caucasus 9-15 February 2020

Last week in Central Asia, key developments included the killing of high-ranking members of a Pakistani militant organization in Afghanistan; violence related to home demolitions in rural Uzbekistan; and the aftermath of deadly Dungan-Kazakh ethnic clashes in Masanchi, Kazakhstan. In the Caucasus, Azerbaijani state forces targeted opposition activists after they criticized the country’s 9 February…

Regional Overview: Central Asia and the Caucasus 2-8 February 2020

Last week in Central Asia, deadly ethnic clashes were reported in south Kazakhstan while an insider attack in Afghanistan resulted in three deaths, including two US soldiers. In the Caucasus, ceasefire violations between Armenia and Azerbaijan continued at similar levels. Violence broke out on 7 February between members of the Dungan Muslim ethnic group and…