Ladd Serwat is the Central Africa Assistant Research Manager at ACLED. He is a PhD Candidate at the University of Sussex in International Development, having completed a MSc in African Development with the London School of Economics and a BA in International Relations from Gonzaga University. Ladd’s research focuses on political conflict, customary law, and the political economy of land reform.

Regional Overview: Africa
11-17 September 202

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, two Islamic State leaders were announced killed in the month of August in Mali and Nigeria; clashes broke out between formerly allied Haftar forces and Chadian rebels in the south of Libya; and protests erupted across the Democratic Republic of Congo against recently adopted electoral reforms.…

Regional Overview: Africa
4-10 September 2021

Weekly reports on the latest conflict developments in Mozambique and Ethiopia are made available by the Cabo Ligado and Ethiopia Peace Observatory projects, respectively. Last week in Africa, a coup d’état toppled President Alpha Condé in Guinea; the ruling Islamist party lost parliamentary elections in Morocco; the most lethal attack against civilians in more than a year was reported in the Central African Republic; pro-democracy demonstrations flared up in eSwatini; and protesters blocked oil exports at several ports in Libya.…

Regional Overview: Africa
31 July-3 September 2021

Weekly reports on the latest conflict developments in Mozambique and Ethiopia are made available by the Cabo Ligado and Ethiopia Peace Observatory projects, respectively. In August 2021, an Islamist militant attack left over a hundred people dead in Burkina Faso in one of the most lethal incidents in the central Sahel region so far this year; curfews and restrictions on movement and commerce were declared in Nigeria to tackle increasing violence in the country; intercommunal violence escalated in several countries, including Cameroon, Chad, Djibouti, and South Sudan; military forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Somalia regained territory from the rebel groups; and an opposition leader was elected and sworn in as the president of Zambia.…

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.…