Asena Karacalti is the Central Asia & the Caucasus Research Manager at ACLED. She holds a BA in Law and an MSc in Cultural Anthropology and Development Studies from KU Leuven of Belgium. Her research interests focus on the transit experiences of migrant and refugee populations and political violence across the Middle East and North Africa. She has past experience as a lawyer and as an expert in migration and asylum organizations.

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: Central Asia and the Caucasus
29 November-5 December 2020

Last week in Central Asia and the Caucasus, fighting continued between the Taliban and  Afghan forces, as unidentified militants conducted several suicide attacks. In the Caucasus, Azerbaijan took control over the Lachin region of the de facto Artsakh Republic, according to the November agreement ending the recent war. The Armenian opposition continued demanding the resignation…

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

Last week in Central Asia and the Caucasus, Afghan forces targeted the Taliban with airstrikes as the militants carried out deadly attacks on security forces around the country. The Islamic State (IS) attacked Kabul city, killing several civilians. Furthermore, rare protests took place during the visit of Pakistan’s prime minister to Afghanistan. Armenia’s opposition parties…