Aaron Wolfson is the US Research Manager at ACLED. He previously worked on the Yemen and Kingdom of Saudi Arabia desk. He holds MAs in Global Policy Studies from the LBJ School of Public Policy and Middle Eastern Studies from the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, both at the University of Texas at Austin. His research interests include the effects of conservative and religious-based actors, ethno-religious tensions, and climate change on state stability. His past research has included ethnoreligious conflict, Islamist organizations in democratizing systems, and identifying the relationship between climate change and conflict.

Actor Profile: Proud Boys

The first installment in our new actor profile series unpacks the latest data on Proud Boys activity around the United States. All data are available for direct download. Definitions and methodology decisions are explained in the US Coverage FAQs and the US methodology brief. For more information, please check the full ACLED Resource Library. Download a PDF The Proud Boys…

Regional Overview: United States
16-22 January 2021

Demonstrations across the United States continued at slightly lower levels last week compared to the week prior as the Office of the President transitioned from Donald Trump to Joe Biden. Although the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) warned of potential violence during the transition of power, all demonstrations across state capitals and Washington, DC remained…

Regional Overview: United States
6-12 December 2020

Last week, demonstrations in the United States increased by over a quarter relative to the week prior. Demonstrations related to the coronavirus pandemic increased by more than 50%. Violent demonstrations, as well as demonstrations with police intervention, account for 10% of all demonstration events — double what was recorded during the previous week. Demonstrations in…

Regional Overview: United States
29 November-5 December 2020

Last week, the overall number of demonstrations in the United States remained static relative to the week prior. Pandemic-related events again accounted for the highest number of demonstrations. ‘Stop the Steal’ rallies continued across the country as President Donald Trump released a White House video repeating his allegations about widespread voter fraud, reinvigorating portions of…

Regional Overview: United States
22-28 November 2020

Last week in the United States, demonstrations decreased by half compared to the week prior. Demonstrations have declined overall in the weeks since the election. With President Donald Trump officially authorizing the transition process for President-elect Joe Biden as legal efforts to overturn the election results repeatedly failed in court (Reuters, 23 November 2020; New…

Regional Overview: United States
15-21 November 2020

Last week in the United States, the demonstration rate remained constant compared to the week prior. The largest number of demonstrations were related to the coronavirus pandemic, followed by those in support of President Donald Trump. Pandemic-related demonstrations doubled compared to the previous week. Meanwhile, demonstrations in support of President Trump decreased by more than…