Violence Against Civilians in Ethiopia

Since the resignation of Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn on 15 February, followed by the 16 February State of Emergency, political violence in Ethiopia has been marked by two primary trends – a decrease in riots and protests, and an increase in violence against civilians. Riots and protests spiked in the week of the resignation (beginning…

10 Hidden Conflicts in Africa

In this series of infographics, ACLED’s Research Director, Dr. Roudabeh Kishi, explores 10 hidden or under-reported conflicts across Africa. 10. Mozambique: A Peace Deal between FRELIMO & RENAMO, A Rise in Islamist Violence. 9. The Sahel and the Merger of Islamist Factions. 8. Post-election violence and repression in the Republic of Congo. 7. Mass demonstrations in Togo.…

Regional Overview – Middle East 9 April 2018

Over the last two weeks a number of disparate trends have appeared in countries across the region, including in Iran, Iraq, Israel, and Palestine in particular, while pro-government forces in Syria and Yemen continued to make gains in their respective conflicts. In Iran, at least a dozen of demonstrations have been reported over the past…

Regional Overview – Asia 9 April 2018

Trends in political violence and protests over the past two weeks have remained static across South and Southeast Asia, with the exception of Pakistan which saw a significant rise in demonstrations. In Pakistan, the number of protest events spiked compared to the previous two week period. Thousands of people from the Pashtun minority community –…

Regional Overview – Africa 9 April 2018

The past two weeks on the Africa continent have been dominated by high-impact military operations and by worrying military and political trends in several countries. In Mali on April 1st, an operation led by the French Barkhane troops in coordination with national forces, against Islamic State militants in Gao’s Akabar area left at least 25…

Airstrikes in Syria: The Regimes Renewed Mode of Violence

A feature of modern conflict is the frequent usage of airstrikes. Airwars (an ACLED partner) notes that Coalition and Russian airstrikes have declined since the last quarter of 2017 (while the preceding three quarters showed very high activity).[1] ACLED airstrike data supplements this insights by combining similar events by other actors such as Turkey, Israel…

Myanmar: Conflict Update

Overview Despite a ceasefire agreement in 2015[1], violence in Myanmar has increased as clashes between government and non-state groups[2] continues to grow in areas party to the ceasefire and those not (see Figures 1 and 2). The vast majority of conflict events engage the government, who remains responsible for the intensity and devastation of the…

The Sierra Leone Election Triggers Political Violence

As can be observed in Figure 1, the run-up to Sierra Leone’s 7 March election was marked by an increase in political violence across the country. The majority of the violent incidents were riots or clashes between supporters of the All People’s Congress (APC) and Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) (Sierra Leone Telegraph, 02 March…

Sinai: Egypt’s ‘Pariah Peninsula’ and Election Dynamics

Conflict levels have remained stable over the past 6 months across all Governorates in Egypt. Fatalities peaked in November 2017 owing to an Islamic State attack on a mosque in Bir al-Abd that killed 311 people. Excluding this event, fatalities have increased in the first three months of 2018 compared to the last three months…