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
24-30 April 2021

Last week in Africa, ongoing insecurity prompted the enactment of a state of siege in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, and a parliamentary proposal for similar emergency powers in Nigeria; opposition claims of government illegitimacy prompted violent clashes in Chad and Somalia; and Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) launched deadly assaults on military bases across multiple countries in the Lake Chad basin.…

Regional Overview: Africa
3-9 April 2021

Last week in Africa, Moroccan forces killed the Polisario gendarmerie chief during an operation in Western Sahara; a major armed group announced their withdrawal from the Coalition of Patriots for Change rebel alliance in the Central African Republic; and several days of heavy intercommunal violence broke out in the Sudanese state of West Darfur.…