Yemen’s Fractured South: Aden, Abyan, and Lahij

In Yemen, more than five years of conflict have contributed to an extreme fragmentation of central power and authority and have eroded local political orders. Local structures of authority have emerged, along with a plethora of para-state agents and militias at the behest of local elites and international patrons. According to the UN Panel of…

Assessing Political Violence & Demonstrations in the United States: ACLED Pilot Data & Preliminary Findings

For three months from July through September 2019, ACLED conducted a pilot project to collect data on political violence and protest across the United States, setting out to identify the most prevalent forms of disorder and to establish comprehensive and consistent source lists for gathering relevant information. This report presents preliminary findings and lessons learned…

Central Asia and the Caucasus Data Release

New ACLED data on Central Asia and the Caucasus span eight countries — Georgia, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, and Tajikistan — and add nearly 17,000 political violence and protest events to the dataset. The highest number of events across both Central Asia and the Caucasus is recorded along the border of contested areas…

Global Conflict and Disorder Patterns: 2019

In the past ten years, the world has witnessed a decline in global cooperation and a severe downturn in security. This is manifest through several internationalized wars and massive humanitarian crises across the Middle and Near East, rising nationalism from significant global powers, transnational terror organizations using vicious violence and sophisticated recruitment techniques, cyber-attacks orchestrated…

The (Re)Conquest of Northern Syria

Turkey’s recent assault in northeastern Syria, which follows months of regime consolidation in the northwest, has the potential to even further advance regime gains across Syria. In the third quarter of 2019, the Syrian regime and its allies finally made substantial territorial gains against rebel and Islamist groups in northern Hama and southern Idleb provinces…