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
29 May-4 June 2021

Last week in Africa, prominent national political figures survived assassination attempts in Uganda and Somalia; the French government announced a suspension of joint military operations in Mali, despite ongoing attacks by Islamist militants throughout the Central Sahel; and the government extended the state of siege in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, amid sustained and deadly attacks by multiple rebel groups in the region.…

Regional Overview: Africa
22-28 May 2021

Last week in Africa, outbreaks of intercommunal violence left dozens of people dead in Sudan and South Sudan; armed groups carried out mass killings in Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of Congo; and Islamic State militants launched a series of deadly attacks on civilians in the Central Sahel, as the Malian military staged another coup.…

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.…