Giovanni Zanoletti is an Africa Researcher with ACLED. In this role, he conducts the coding of political violence and protest in most of West Africa. He is PhD candidate in Political Science in Paris and his research focuses on state formation and armed groups in the Sahel, notably in Mali. His research experiences include extensive fieldwork in Morocco and Mali. He is fluent in French, Italian, Spanish and English and he lives in Paris, France.

Increasing Political Violence in the Central African Republic

In the first half of 2018, political violence in the Central African Republic has both increased and spread to new regions. See the maps of Aug-Dec 2017 and Jan-May 2018 to observe the spread of violence across new regions. In the second half of 2017, only the Haute-Kotto region experienced intense conflict, notably around Bria,…

Violence in Bangui, Central African Republic

Since the beginning of April there has been a dramatic escalation of violence in Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic[1]. Most of this activity has been focused in the PK5 or KM5 neighbourhood – a Muslim area that is considered the economic heart of the city. The first clashes erupted when a local…

Ambazonian Separatists in Cameroon

There has been a change in the tactics employed by the Ambazonian Separatists in northwest and southwest Cameroon. Whereas the militants previously targeted security forces and state officials, they are increasingly targeting civilians and civil servants. Following the protests denouncing the discrimination of Anglophone Cameroonians in late 2016 (ACLED, 9 October 2017), several armed groups…

The Sierra Leone Election Triggers Political Violence

As can be observed in Figure 1, the run-up to Sierra Leone’s 7 March election was marked by an increase in political violence across the country. The majority of the violent incidents were riots or clashes between supporters of the All People’s Congress (APC) and Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) (Sierra Leone Telegraph, 02 March…

Protests in Guinea

Guinean protests became more violent as demonstrators took to the street again last week to protest against the local election results and the month-long teachers’ strike (Afrique La Tribune, 14/03/2018). Since the election, on 4 February 2018, Guinea has seen consistent waves of protest and violent demonstrations, as can be observed in the spike in riots…

Cameroon and Boko Haram Insurgency

There was an increase in attacks by Boko Haram in northern Cameroon (Extreme-Nord region) in the week of 18-24 February, as five attacks perpetrated against civilians caused seventeen deaths. Last week’s events are consistent with a trend from 7-13 January and 14-20 January, which experienced high levels of violence against civilians.  Boko Haram activities slightly…

Mali – the “de-regionalization” of armed rebellion

Since October 2017, attacks by the Group for Support of Islam and Muslims (JNIM) on military and civilian targets increased. JNIM has officially claimed roughly twelve operations per month since that period. In the preceding six months (from March-September 2017), JNIM’s focus shifted south, especially to the Mopti region, while the number of violent events…