Salma Eissa is the ACLED-Religion Research Manager. Salma has an M.A. in Near and Middle Eastern Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, London. She has 10 years of experience in the Egyptian civil society and research and academia sectors, and has a keen interest in political analysis and trends and patterns of political violence in the MENA region. She is fluent in Arabic and English, and is based in Cairo, Egypt.

Regional Overview: Middle East
22-28 March 2020

Following a major decrease in battles across the region at the end of February, clashes increased by a small margin in Yemen, Syria, and Iraq. Remote violence and explosions continued to decline across all countries with the exception of Iraq, where IED attacks by unidentified groups and the Islamic State (IS) have been on the rise, primarily in Diyala governorate, and where Turkey has ramped up airstrikes targeting the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in the northwest.…

Regional Overview: Middle East
8-14 March 2020

Last week in the Middle East, key developments include: continued fighting across most frontlines in Yemen; an escalation in Iraq following fatal rocket attacks against an Iraqi military base that hosts coalition forces; the maintenance of the Turkey-Syria ceasefire in northwestern Syria; and an overall decrease in demonstration events regionally due to fears of spreading the coronavirus.…