Apathy, Intimidation and Non-Violence in Zimbabwe’s Contentious By-Elections

By the end of the 10th of June by-elections, the ruling Zimbabwean African National Union-Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) had won all 16 contested constituencies. In the run up to the contest, the by-elections had pitted current ZANU-PF insiders against party exiles who had been purged for their alleged connections to ex-Vice President Joice Mjuru. Ex-ZANU-PF notables…

Opposition Politics and India’s Controversial Land Bill

Widespread dissatisfaction over property rights continues to represent a significant amount of political activity in India. President Modi’s recent effort to reform India’s notoriously dysfunctional property laws has triggered hundreds of protests, galvanizing political parties across the spectrum. Although the bill has yet to pass India’s upper parliamentary house, political parties have used the momentum…

Failed Negotiations and Separatist Violence in Myanmar

Recent fighting between Myanmar Armed Forces and ethnic armed groups threatens to derail the Myanmar Peace Process. The Myanmar military has clashed with the Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army (MNDAA), Arakan Army (AA), Kachin Independence Army (KIA), Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA), and Karen National Liberation Army (KNLA) in the past three months. The MNDAA,…

Political Bipartisanism and Violence in Bangladesh

Bangladesh has been in political turmoil since early January, leaving more than 150 people dead and thousands injured. Confrontational politics are not new in Bangladesh, but they have intensified in the recent months, reaching its highest level in late January and the beginning of February. Two thirds of activity included vandalism, crude bombs, clashes between…

Political Factionalism and Electoral Competition in Zimbabwe

Conflict levels decreased to below average levels in May. This decline follows a spike in violence in April which saw levels of political violence not witnessed since the expulsion of Joice Mujuru and her supporters from the Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) in December and January. The cause of the spike in violence in…

Conflict Data Collection Practices: ACLED versus Others

With so many different forms of data collection on conflict and violence types and locations, it is often difficult to know how these various data compare and to what extent they describe and record the same events. On one end of the spectrum lie data initiatives that rely on crowdsourcing, in which individuals at the…

Protest, Service Delivery and Xenophobic Violence in South Africa

Conflict levels fell dramatically in May 2015 after South Africa suffered a wave of xenophobic and anti-foreigner violence in April. The scale of the violence surpassed the anti-foreigner riots that hit Soweto in January 2015 after an alleged robber was shot by a Somali shopkeeper, prompting South African residents to loot foreign-owned shops. The violence…

Update on ACLED Resources on Boko Haram

Boko Haram is one of the most high-profile conflict actors in West Africa and the group’s campaign continues to be one of the most destructive insurgencies on the continent. Boko Haram has become a transnational actor and is currently fighting the armies of four sovereign nations, turning a national emergency into a regional crisis. Below are a list of…