Regional Overview – Africa 7 May 2018

Important developments in Africa on the week of April 29th include the major attacks on civilians in central towns in the Central African Republic (CAR) and in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC); the alarming tensions along the Mali-Niger border; the first use of weaponised drones in Libya; and the riots in South Africa and Zimbabwe.…

Ethiopia: Protests Shift from Oromia to Somali Province

The week beginning 22 April saw a significant increase in riots and protests in Ethiopia (see Figure 1). Unlike riots and protests in recent months, which have mostly been centred in the Oromia region and Oromo demands for self-determination, this spike in protest activity was focused in the Somali region (see Figure 2), where regional president, Abdi Illey, is battling to retain both control of the region and control of his party, the Ethiopian Somali People’s Democratic Party (ESPDP).  …

Rebel Infighting in Northern Syria: The War of Abolition

Rebel infighting is not a new phenomenon in Syria’s civil war and is endemic of the weakness and disunity of the rebel and Islamist camp in the Syrian civil war. ACLED data shows a major increase in infighting over the past months in the north of the country as the “war of abolition” escalates.…

Turkey’s Air War in Iraq

Since the beginning of 2017, Turkish military forces have been responsible for the vast majority of the remote violence reported in the Iraqi governorates bordering Turkey. This is largely due to their ongoing conflict with the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), which maintains bases in northern Iraq (Iraqi News, December 25, 2017).…

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. …