James Moody is Africa Research Manager with ACLED. In this role he oversees the coding of political violence and protest across all countries in Africa. He is also a Geography PhD Candidate at the University of Sussex. His research interests include protest movements across North and sub-Saharan Africa and the dynamics of civil war violence. His own research explores the rising wave of protest in the post-Arab uprising period, focusing on local level governance, forms of contention, and protest geography, diffusion, and escalation across Africa. James has country-specific knowledge on Egypt and Libya. He is based in Brighton, United Kingdom.

Ethiopia: Protests Shift from Oromia to Somali Province

The week beginning 22 April saw a significant increase in riots and protests in Ethiopia (see Figure 1). Unlike riots and protests in recent months, which have mostly been centred in the Oromia region and Oromo demands for self-determination, this spike in protest activity was focused in the Somali region (see Figure 2), where regional…

Burundi: Violence in the Run-Up to the Constitutional Referendum

The first two weeks of April witnessed a sharp increase in the number of violent events in Burundi, as the country prepares to vote in the constitutional referendum on 17 May. The vote will consider support for: 1) reintroducing the post of Prime Minister; 2) reducing the number of vice presidents from two to one;…

Violence in Syria’s De-Escalation Zones

On 6 May 2017, during the Astana De-Escalation Agreement talks, Russia, Iran, and Turkey agreed to establish what they called ‘de-escalation zones’ in Syria (Al Jazeera, 2017). These zones were to be located in four stretches of territory still controlled by opposition forces in 1) Idleb, northeast Lattakia, areas of Aleppo, and northern Hama provinces…

Violence Against Civilians in Ethiopia

Since the resignation of Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn on 15 February, followed by the 16 February State of Emergency, political violence in Ethiopia has been marked by two primary trends – a decrease in riots and protests, and an increase in violence against civilians. Riots and protests spiked in the week of the resignation (beginning…

Sinai: Egypt’s ‘Pariah Peninsula’ and Election Dynamics

Conflict levels have remained stable over the past 6 months across all Governorates in Egypt. Fatalities peaked in November 2017 owing to an Islamic State attack on a mosque in Bir al-Abd that killed 311 people. Excluding this event, fatalities have increased in the first three months of 2018 compared to the last three months…

Regional Overview – Africa 12 March 2018

Political violence and protest events in Africa over the week of 4 March were defined by a number of trends: First, battles involving Boko Haram were less pronounced while violence against civilians continued; multiple forms of violence were present in Sudan and South Sudan and the Somali government deployed extra soldiers to fight Al Shabaab…

Regional Overview – Africa 26 February 2018

A drop in political violence and protest was recorded in the normally active countries of Africa last week, including Nigeria, Somalia and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Proportionally, battles between armed groups increased compared to the week beginning 11 February. Violence against civilians experienced a modest decrease. Ethiopia maintained a steady rate of protests and…