Elham Kazemi is the Africa Research Manager at ACLED. She is a PhD Candidate at the University of California, Irvine in International Relations, having completed an LL.M. in International Human Rights Law with the University of Notre Dame. Elham's research focuses on political violence, human rights, and transitional justice.

Regional Overview: Africa
24-30 July 2021

A separate, weekly discussion of the ongoing conflict in Mozambique and Ethiopia can be found in the Cabo Ligado and Ethiopia Peace Observatory projects, respectively. Last week in Africa, demonstrations spiked in Tunisia following the President’s decision to oust the government and freeze the Parliament; Islamic State West Africa (ISWAP) militants perpetrated two deadly attacks in Cameroon; and unsuccessful assassination attempts targeted government officials in Somalia.…

Regional Overview: Africa
17-23 July 2021

A separate, weekly discussion of the ongoing conflict in Mozambique and Ethiopia can be found in the Cabo Ligado and Ethiopia Peace Observatory projects, respectively. Last week, unsuccessful assassination plots were reported against the heads of the government in Mali and Madagascar; a Nigerian fighter jet was shot down by militia; and the “state of siege” operation was once again extended in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.…

Regional Overview: Africa
10-16 July 2021

A separate, weekly discussion of the ongoing conflict in Mozambique and Ethiopia can be found in the Cabo Ligado and Ethiopia Peace Observatory projects, respectively. Last week in Africa, French and national military forces carried out operations targeting Islamic militants in the Central Sahel region; inter-ethnic and clan violence was reported in Somalia, Kenya, and Sudan; and mass demonstrations continued for a second week in South Africa.…

Regional Overview: Africa
3-9 July 2021

A separate, weekly discussion of the ongoing conflict in Mozambique and Ethiopia can be found in the Cabo Ligado and Ethiopia Peace Observatory projects, respectively. Last week in Africa, more than a hundred students were abducted and dozens of people were killed by armed militias in Nigeria; the state of siege operation was extended again in the Democratic Republic of the Congo; interethnic clashes escalated in Sudan and Kenya; and mass demonstrations broke out in Burkina Faso and South Africa.…

Regional Overview: Africa
26 June-2 July 2021

A separate, weekly discussion of the ongoing conflict in Mozambique and Ethiopia can be found in the Cabo Ligado and Ethiopia Peace Observatory projects, respectively. Last week in Africa, an alliance was formed between Boko Haram and ISWAP militants in Nigeria; Islamist militants continued their attacks in Central Sahel and Somalia; and anti-government demonstrations erupted in Sudan and eSwatini. …

Regional Overview: Africa
12-18 June 2021

Last week in Africa, the Rwandan government broke off military cooperation with Wagner Group in the Central African Republic; the residence of the president of the National Assembly in Niger came under attack; Burkinabe military forces intensified operations against Islamic militants; intercommunal violence left dozens dead in Nigeria and Sudan; and Al Shabaab militants conducted several remote attacks against government and UN forces in Somalia.…

Regional Overview: Africa
29 May-4 June 2021

Last week in Africa, prominent national political figures survived assassination attempts in Uganda and Somalia; the French government announced a suspension of joint military operations in Mali, despite ongoing attacks by Islamist militants throughout the Central Sahel; and the government extended the state of siege in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, amid sustained and deadly attacks by multiple rebel groups in the region.…

Regional Overview: Africa
22-28 May 2021

Last week in Africa, outbreaks of intercommunal violence left dozens of people dead in Sudan and South Sudan; armed groups carried out mass killings in Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of Congo; and Islamic State militants launched a series of deadly attacks on civilians in the Central Sahel, as the Malian military staged another coup.…