Heeding the Call: Sahelian militants answer Islamic State leader al-Baghdadi’s call to arms with a series of attacks in Niger

In the past week, Islamic State in the Greater Sahara (ISGS) launched a series of attacks across northern Tillabery in Niger, and included the deadliest ambush ever recorded in the Tillabery region by the group. This suggests that resumed transmissions between ISGS and the Islamic State (IS), as well as IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi…

Regional Overview – Europe 22 May 2019

Last week, more than a dozen violent attacks and demonstrations were orchestrated in Greece in support of a jailed Marxist hitman. Pro- and anti-government demonstrations in Serbia, Albania and Romania continued. Protests in Croatia and Ukraine increased after an extended period of only a few events being reported. Similar to weeks prior, fighting in the…

India Election Monitor: Phase 6

In the sixth installment of ACLED’s weekly series monitoring the Indian elections, Asia Research Manager Daniela Pollmann tracks electoral violence through the sixth phase of the vote. Find the introduction to the series and the first edition here. For more information about elections in India, see recent ACLED analysis on electoral violence in India’s most vulnerable areas, the…

Regional Overview – Asia 21 May 2019

The biggest developments in the South and Southeast Asian region last week included escalating anti-Muslim riots in Sri Lanka and heavy fighting between Taliban and Afghan security forces in Afghanistan. Fighting between state forces and domestic rebel groups in Pakistan, Myanmar, Indonesia, Thailand, and the Philippines was also recorded as were demonstrations and election-related violence…

Regional Overview – Africa 21 May 2019

Major developments for the week of May 12th include successful military offensives in Nigeria, a large reported Islamic State attack in Niger, several al Shabaab bombings in Somalia, continued violence in Democratic Republic of Congo’s North Kivu and political turmoil in Central African Republic and Sudan. In Nigeria, military forces made significant inroads against Boko…

India Election Monitor: Phase 5

In the fifth installment of ACLED’s weekly series monitoring the Indian elections, Asia Research Manager Daniela Pollmann tracks electoral violence through the fifth phase of the vote. Find the introduction to the series and the first edition here. For more information about elections in India, see recent ACLED analysis on electoral violence in India’s most vulnerable areas, the…

Regional Overview – Europe 15 May 2019

Last week, anti-government demonstrations in Albania escalated when a large demonstration in the capital turned violent. In Serbia, the opposition tries to regain some momentum after anti-government protest activity declined in prior weeks, and in Romania, anti-government protests are picking up surrounding an anti-corruption referendum to be held on 26 May. The situation in Ukraine…