Asena Karacalti is the South Asia Assistant Research Manager at ACLED, mainly overseeing the Afghanistan dataset.She holds a BA in Law, and an MSc in Cultural Anthropology and Development Studies from KU Leuven, 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.She has previously worked as the Central Asia & the Caucasus, and Africa Research Manager at ACLED.

Regional Overview: Central Asia and the Caucasus 24-30 November 2019

Last week in Central Asia and the Caucasus, main developments included demonstration events over a large-scale corruption case in Kyrgyzstan as well as access to energy supplies in Uzbekistan. Ceasefire violations continued along the Armenia-Azerbaijan border, while in Afghanistan, the US attempted to initiate ceasefire negotiations between the Taliban and the Afghan government.…

Regional Overview: Central Asia and the Caucasus 3 – 9 November 2019

With ACLED’s expansion to Central Asia and the Caucasus, Afghanistan will now be covered as part of this region alongside Georgia, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, and Tajikistan. For updates on South and Southeast Asia, please see the new individual South Asia Regional Overview and Southeast Asia Regional Overview.…

Regional Overview – Africa 17 September 2019

During the past week, Africa’s notable violence occurred in several typical hotspots:  Al Shabaab attacks targeted government officials in Somalia; intensified battles between Khalifa Haftar’s Libyan National Army (LNA) and the Government of National Accord (GNA) continued in Libya; violence targeting civilians in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Burkina Faso was significant, and many violent demonstrations occurred in Nigeria around Ashura.…