Conflict in Qatif

In early April, the killing of a police officer during a raid in the town of Awamiyyah attracted renewed attention on a simmering conflict in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province (The National, 8 April 2018). Despite a marked decrease in overall levels of political violence since last summer, the episode points to the long-standing tensions behind…

The Russian Involvement in Syria, Whom Do They target?

There is considerable debate over Russia’s ulterior motives in Syria. While motives may be hard to disentangle, ACLED data can shed light on Russia’s choice of targets. The Russian Defense ministry insists being in Syria to fight terrorist organizations (the Islamic State and Al-Qaeda affiliates). Western governments instead claim that Russia is not in the…

5 Hidden Conflicts in the Middle East: #4 Turkish Village Guards

In this series of infographics, ACLED’s Research Analyst, Melissa Pavlik, explores 5 hidden or under-reported conflicts across the Middle East. The fourth explores political violence events involving Turkish village guards (2017 – present).

5 Hidden Conflicts in the Middle East: #3 Kurdish Groups & Political Violence in the Middle East

In this series of infographics, ACLED’s Research Analyst, Melissa Pavlik, explores 5 hidden or under-reported conflicts across the Middle East. The third is Kurdish Groups & Political Violence in the Middle East  (2017 – present).

5 Hidden Conflicts in the Middle East: #2 Southern Syria and the Khalid ibn al-Walid Army

In this series of infographics, ACLED’s Research Analyst, Melissa Pavlik, explores 5 hidden or under-reported conflicts across the Middle East. The second is Southern Syria and the Khalid ibn al-Walid Army (2017 – Present).

Regional Overview – Asia 23 April 2018

Levels of political violence and protest events remained static in most South and Southeast Asian countries over the course of last week. Overall levels of political violence declined in Afghanistan, while air and ground operations by Afghan security forces against Islamic State militants in Nangarhar province were heavier than previous reports, with 22 reported events…

Regional Overview – Africa 23 April 2018

Key developments in Africa from April 16th-23rd relate to the insurgencies in South Sudan and in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the inter-ethnic violence in southern Ethiopia, the unabated repression in Burundi and the growing popular discontent in South Africa, Zimbabwe and Togo. In Burundi, the Imbonerakure youth militia are leading a nationwide cycle…

Regional Overview – Middle East 23 April 2018

Event numbers across the Middle East were largely static last week, while only a few new trends were recorded in Iran, Iraq, Palestine, Syria, and Yemen. In Iraq, event levels dropped slightly last week despite the upcoming elections planned for May 12. There were, however, several clashes reported between Kurdish rebels and Turkish military forces…

5 Hidden Conflicts in the Middle East: #1 Shiite Discontent in Bahrain & Ash Sharqiyah Region of Saudi Arabia

In this series of infographics, ACLED’s Research Analyst, Melissa Pavlik, explores 5 hidden or under-reported conflicts across the Middle East. The first is Shiite Discontent in Bahrain & Ash Sharqiyah Region of Saudi Arabia (2017 – Present).

One Year of Battles in the Yemeni Civil War

Despite the sense of widespread disorder conveyed by the dominant narrative on Yemen, the frontlines of the war pitting forces of the (former) Houthi-Saleh alliance against those loyal to the internationally-recognised government have largely remained static over the past year. For most of 2017, conflict actors of the Yemeni civil war focused on developing governance…