From the Mali-Niger borderlands to rural Gao – Tactical and geographical shifts of violence

In late April and early May, six massacres took place in the Mali-Niger border corridor. Presumed militants of the Islamic State in the Greater Sahara (ISGS) carried out massacres against the Dawsahak community. Militiamen of the Movement for the Salvation of Azawad (MSA) and the Tuareg Imghad and Allies Self-defence Group (GATIA) carried out massacres…

Humanitarian Targeting

In this infographic by ACLED Research Director, Dr. Roudabeh Kishi, we explore the question, “Where are humanitarian workers (aid workers, health workers, teachers) most at risk? (2017 – present).

South Africa: Service Delivery at the Center of Violent Protests

2018 has seen modest levels of political violence and protest events in South Africa relative to preceding years. The decrease in events can be explained by a number of factors, including the absence of elections (election violence), the decrease in student protests at tertiary institutions nationwide and the February 2018 change in leadership from the…

The Regional Impact of the US Embassy Move

On May 14, the United States (US) government officially moved its Israeli embassy from Tel Aviv to the disputed city of Jerusalem (Haaretz, May 14, 2018). This action triggered demonstrations across Palestine. The largest of these were in the Gaza Strip where weekly demonstrations against the move had been occurring since March 30 (read more…

The Merger of the FATA and KP: Political Ploy or Positive Change?

On 27 May 2018, members of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Assembly voted overwhelmingly to approve the KP-FATA merger bill, which days earlier had been passed through both houses of Pakistan’s National Assembly (Dawn, 27 May 2018). This bill, officially the 31st Amendment to the Constitution of Pakistan, will merge the semi-autonomous Federally Administered Tribal Areas…

“Cutting the Head off the Snake” Saudi-led Coalition Gains Territory in Northwestern Yemen

With much of the international attention focusing on the renewed offensive on Al Hudaydah port city, the Saudi-led coalition is making important, albeit slower, territorial gains in Houthi strongholds in northwestern Yemen. In the course of only a week, it seems like the UAE-backed Operation Red Thunder has succeeded in clearing about 100 kilometres from…

Regional Overview – Africa 28 May 2018

There were important developments in Burkina Faso, Mozambique, the DRC and Somalia on the week of May 20th. In Burkina Faso, the state forces likely thwarted another major attack by Islamist militants in the capital, Ouagadougou. On May 22nd, the military police raided a house harbouring Al-Mourabitoun militants at the southeastern outskirts of the capital.…