Demonstrations in India

Demonstrations make up 90% of all events in India, yet the modes in which they manifest, who is involved in them, and whether state forces get involved vary based on the region of India in which they occur. In addition to demonstrations like those seen across other country contexts, there are some distinct types of…

Comparative Analysis of Riots and Protests in Jammu & Kashmir and Azad Jammu & Kashmir

Since 1947, control of the Greater Kashmir region (formerly the Princely State of Jammu and Kashmir) has been a topic of continual dispute between India and Pakistan. The two nations have fought three wars over the territory, and the physical conflict remains ongoing with “ceasefire violations” from both sides occurring across the Line of Control…

Great Return March

In the last three weeks, Gaza has made the headlines due to the large number of fatalities reported during the Great Return March (GRM) demonstrations, raising international concern about Israel’s use of lethal force against demonstrators. The GRM is an on-going mass demonstration in Gaza which has reportedly involved upwards of 50,000 Palestinians. It began…

Regional Overview – Middle East 16 April 2018

This week was characterized by relatively static levels of political violence and protests in most countries in the Middle East, including in Gaza where Great Return March demonstrations were again held this past Friday. Meanwhile, Syria saw an end to fighting in Eastern Ghouta as well as a highly-publicized international response by America, British, and…

Regional Overview – Asia 16 April 2018

Over the course of the last week, the levels of political violence and protest remained high in several South Asian countries while they remained low in Southeast Asian countries. With data on political violence in India, as well as in the Jammu & Kashmir region, both now available for download, trends in India as well…

Regional Overview – Africa 16 April 2018

It was a particularly violent week across Africa, which included high-impact attacks by Islamist militants in Egypt, Mali and Burkina Faso. In Egypt, the State of Sinai carried out its most violent attack against the Egyptian forces in 2018. The militants used suicide vests outside a military camp in Al Qusaymah, central Sinai on April…

Bangladesh Conflict Brief

From mid-2017 through March 2018, Bangladesh experienced a moderate level of political violence and protest relative to the rest of South and Southeast Asia. About half of all events recorded in Bangladesh have been riots and protests. The majority of these occur in the capital, Dhaka. The number of riots and protests has fallen since…

The Northeastern Front of the Yemeni Civil War

In the east of the capital Sana’a, battles between pro-Hadi and Houthi forces have raged almost incessantly since the beginning of the civil war. This battlefront, which stretches across the predominantly tribal regions of Al Jawf, Sana’a and Ma’rib, constitutes one of the most violent conflict environments in Yemen, with more than 7,700 fatalities recorded…

Demonstrations in Bahrain

In 2017, Bahrain experienced high levels of riots and protests, given the size of the country and its population, largely focused in the northern governorate and in the suburbs of the capital Manama. Demonstrations, which have remained constant throughout 2017, have not stopped in the first three months of 2018, which suggests this trend will…

Violence in Syria’s De-Escalation Zones

On 6 May 2017, during the Astana De-Escalation Agreement talks, Russia, Iran, and Turkey agreed to establish what they called ‘de-escalation zones’ in Syria (Al Jazeera, 2017). These zones were to be located in four stretches of territory still controlled by opposition forces in 1) Idleb, northeast Lattakia, areas of Aleppo, and northern Hama provinces…