5 Hidden Conflicts in Asia

In this series of infographics, ACLED’s Research Analyst, Melissa Pavlik, explores 5 hidden or under-reported conflicts across Asia. 5. Gau Rakshak Cow Vigilantism in India (2016-Present) 4. India’s Naxalite-Maoist Insurgency (2016-Present) 3. Political Violence & Protests in India’s Northeast (2016-Present) 2. Separatism in the Balochistan Regions of Iran, India, and Pakistan (2017-Present) 1. Tehreek-i-Taliban (TTP) Activity in Pakistan…

The Assassination of Clerics in Southern Yemen

Over the first months of 2018, an increasing number of assassination attempts have targeted local Muslim clerics in southern Yemen. At least five imams have reportedly been killed since January, raising the total number of assassinations to 26 over the past two years (Al Jazeera, 23 April 2018). In 2018, violent incidents were reported in…

Regional Overview – Middle East 30 April 2018

The number of political violence events recorded in Iraq, Israel, Lebanon, and Palestine dropped this week, while the number of events in Bahrain and Turkey rose considerably. Meanwhile Syria is seeing a renewed focus by various forces on fighting the Islamic State, while fighting remains roughly static in Yemen. In Iraq, a discernible lull in…

Regional Overview – Asia 30 April 2018

Levels of political violence increased in several South Asian countries while the number of protest events declined or remained static in the South and Southeast Asian region over the course of last week. In Pakistan, there was a rise in militant activity with nine reported events last week compared to five events the week of…

Regional Overview – Africa 30 April 2018

Key trends in Africa on the week of April 22nd include the growing Ambazonian insurgency in Cameroon, the continued use of pro-government militias to counter rebellion in Sudan’s Darfur, and the repression against citizens’ resistance against bad governance practices across a number of contexts in Eastern and Southern Africa. The Ambazonian separatists’ low-intensity insurgency in…

Burundi: Violence in the Run-Up to the Constitutional Referendum

The first two weeks of April witnessed a sharp increase in the number of violent events in Burundi, as the country prepares to vote in the constitutional referendum on 17 May. The vote will consider support for: 1) reintroducing the post of Prime Minister; 2) reducing the number of vice presidents from two to one;…

Riots and Protests against Rape in India

Following the highly covered gang-rape of a young woman on a bus in New Delhi in 2012 (BBC, 29 December 2012), the issues of rape and violence against women (VAW) have increasingly come into the social and political spotlight in India. In recent years, social activists have staged a sustained number of riots and protests…

Demonstrations in Iran: Water Shortages

The number of demonstrations in Iran has remained high this month as the wave of unrest that began in late December 2017 continues (to read more about this, see Demonstrations Across Iran). Over the past months, many of the demonstrations reported in Iran have been related to unemployment, wage delays, and the collapse of financial…