Timothy Lay is the Africa Research Manager with ACLED. He holds an M.A in International Relations (International Humanitarian Action) from Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, and speaks English and Indonesian. Timothy’s research interests center on the relationships between religion and conflict.

Regional Overview: Africa
6-12 February 2021

Last week in Africa, government and allied forces made territorial gains in the Central African Republic; mass demonstrations turned deadly in the Oromo and Tigray regions of Ethiopia; and violent demonstrations against worsening economic conditions prompted states of emergency across multiple states in Sudan. In the Central African Republic, government and allied forces made gains…

Regional Overview: Africa
23-29 January 2021

Last week in Africa, Ethiopian, and Sudanese forces exchanged shelling along their contested border; state forces launched offensives against rebels in the Central African Republic, amid calls to end the United Nations weapons embargo; and clashes between Jubaland and Somali federal forces worsened tensions between the Somali and Kenyan governments. In the Central African Republic,…

Regional Overview: Africa
16-22 January 2021

Last week in Africa, the head of the peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic called for greater capacity amid a worsening security situation; countrywide clashes were reported between demonstrating youths and state forces throughout Tunisia; and large-scale intercommunal violence erupted in the South and West Darfur states of Sudan. In Somalia, Al Shabaab militants…

Regional Overview: Africa
13 December 2020-8 January 2021

During the last four weeks in Africa, rebel groups launched major operations in the Central African Republic; intercommunal violence continued to proliferate throughout Ethiopia; and Islamic State militants carried out the deadliest attacks against a Nigerien civilian population in recent years. In the Central African Republic (CAR), major rebel groups merged command structures during an…