Increasing Tribal Resistance to Houthi Rule

Throughout the Yemen conflict, tribal organizations have played a major role in both supporting and resisting Houthi rule. Although not a tribal organization themselves, Houthi leaders are intimately familiar with Yemen’s tribal systems and have managed to win over many tribal allies, mostly utilizing the networks of former president Ali Abdullah Saleh. Other tribal organizations…

Regional Overview – Middle East 5 March 2019

Throughout the Middle East region last week, overall instances of battles continued to decrease, while remote violence events, such as airstrikes and IED attacks, also decreased following a two-month upward trend. Despite this, reported fatalities increased significantly, especially in Yemen, where the above trends were reversed. Demonstration events, meanwhile, decreased across all countries in the…

Regional Overview – Asia 5 March 2019

Last week, levels of organized violence remained static while demonstration events continued to decrease across the South and Southeast Asian regions. In South Asia, military tensions between India and Pakistan escalated with both countries launching aerial strikes in each other’s territory. Meanwhile, representatives from both the Taliban and the U.S. met again in Doha, Qatar,…

Beyond the Caliphate: The Islamic State’s Global Future

ACLED Research Analyst Melissa Pavlik tracks Islamic State activity outside of its former “caliphate” in Iraq and Syria, evaluating the militant group’s continued potential for global disruption.* ________ *Correction: This infographic previously included activity where the specific faction of Boko Haram involved in the event (Barnawi or Shekau faction) was unknown based on reporting. As…

Regional Overview – Middle East 26 February 2019

Throughout the Middle East region last week, instances of battles continued to decrease, while remote violence events such as airstrikes and IED attacks increased, particularly in Syria. This trend has been ongoing since approximately the beginning of 2019. Reported fatalities remained at a level similar to the previous week, decreasing only slightly. Meanwhile, demonstrations decreased…