Regional Overview – Asia 5 March 2018

There was an overall decrease in the number of political violence and protest events recorded across the South and Southeast Asian regions last week relative to the previous week. In Afghanistan, two important developments, with possible impact on future conflict trends, took place. Firstly, the Afghan government agreed on a public deal with the Taliban…

Cameroon and Boko Haram Insurgency

There was an increase in attacks by Boko Haram in northern Cameroon (Extreme-Nord region) in the week of 18-24 February, as five attacks perpetrated against civilians caused seventeen deaths. Last week’s events are consistent with a trend from 7-13 January and 14-20 January, which experienced high levels of violence against civilians.  Boko Haram activities slightly…

Mauritania: Police violence against the IRA (Initiative for the Resurgence of the Abolitionist Movement)

Protests in Nouakchott increased last week, as they had in the past when a ‘lenient’ verdict was given for blogger Mohamed Cheikh Ould Mkhaitir (accused of apostasy) and during the constitutional referendum in August 2017. The latter imposed the abolition of the senate, devolution of power to regional councils, a new flag and a new…

Islamic State in Pakistan 2015 – Current

The Islamic State (IS) first appeared in Pakistan around April 2015, in the Tirah Valley area of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and has since established itself more thoroughly throughout the country. Although operations by the Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) have in recent years managed to push the group closer to the border with Afghanistan, incidents of suicide…

Protest Activity following the US Embassy Move Announcement

On December 6, 2017, President Donald Trump announced that the US would recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, and that it would be relocating its embassy from Tel Aviv to there  (New York Times, December 6, 2017). This announcement, which was seen as undermining the peace process, led to a dramatic rise in protest…

The Battlefront of Taiz

The highest number of fatalities in Yemen have occurred in Taiz governorate, with nearly twice as many fatalities reported within its borders relative to any other governorate in the country. Since January 1, 2017, ACLED has recorded over 500 civilian fatalities (with the true number of civilian fatalities possibly higher as a result of collateral…