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 as Jammu & Kashmir are explored below as well.…

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 by ACLED between January 2017 and March 2018.…

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 2) Northern Homs governorate 3) the Eastern Ghouta region of Rural Damascus and 4) Dar’a and Quneitra provinces.…