Regional Overview: South Asia 8-14 December 2019

Key trends in South Asia last week include: demonstrations across India against the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB); continued Naxal-Maoist violence in India’s Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand states; and an attack on a female polio vaccinator in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. In India, the passage of the controversial Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) prompted, at times violent, demonstrations across…

Regional Overview: Central Asia and the Caucasus 8-14 December 2019

Last week in Central Asia and the Caucasus, notable developments included a Taliban attack targeting a US base in Afghanistan, anti-China and anti-government demonstrations in Kazakhstan, and continued ceasefire violations along the Armenia-Azerbaijan border. In Afghanistan, Taliban militants carried out a major attack near Bagram Airfield, the largest American military base in the country. The…

Regional Overview: Central Asia and the Caucasus 1-7 December 2019

Last week in Central Asia and the Caucasus, main developments included a deadly attack targeting aid workers amid resumed peace talks in Afghanistan, further corruption cases in Kyrgyzstan, clashes during electoral reform demonstrations in Georgia, and continued ceasefire violations along the Armenia-Azerbaijan border. In Afghanistan, unidentified assailants killed six aid workers from a non-governmental organization,…

Regional Overview: Central Asia and the Caucasus 24-30 November 2019

Last week in Central Asia and the Caucasus, main developments included demonstration events over a large-scale corruption case in Kyrgyzstan as well as access to energy supplies in Uzbekistan. Ceasefire violations continued along the Armenia-Azerbaijan border, while in Afghanistan, the US attempted to initiate ceasefire negotiations between the Taliban and the Afghan government. In Afghanistan,…