In December 2017, Yemeni capital Sana’a was the site of a major confrontation between pro-Houthi and pro-Saleh forces, former allies in the war against the Saudi-backed coalition. The Houthi-Saleh alliance materialized in 2014, when army units and tribes loyal to former president Ali Abdullah Saleh facilitated the Houthi seizure of Amran and Sana’a.…
Conflict and protest across Africa dropped slightly from the 4th-10th of February, compared to the previous week. This drop-off in activity is largely owing to a downward trend in protest, which declined from the previous week; and fewer attacks by Imbonerakure in Burundi over the last two weeks.…
The last week was primarily defined by a stabilization of activity across much of the Middle East, though several countries saw continued or increased numbers of protest events. In Syria, the government has made advances on several remaining IS pockets, while the rebel Syrian Democratic Forces (QSD) and People’s Protection Units (YPG) are mostly focused on Afrin.…
It is now two and a half months since Zimbabwe’s coup or military assisted transition. While there has not been a widespread outbreak of violence, there have been notable changes to the patterns of disorder in Zimbabwe.…
January 2018 saw the beginning of Turkey’s offensive against the Kurdish-led Democratic Union Party (PYD) in Syria’s Afrin region, codenamed Operation Olive Branch. This operation builds upon Turkey’s initial intervention in Syria, Operation Euphrates Shield, which saw Turkish-backed Syrian rebels capture a significant amount of territory in Aleppo province.…
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