UAE’s Sphere of Influence in Southern Yemen

Southern Yemen is perhaps the region where strategic divergences within the Saudi-led coalition have become most visible. In the southern Lahij, Abyan and Shabwah governorates, the continued presence of militants linked to Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) – which seized control of several southern towns in the past few years – encouraged the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to fund and train local counter-terrorism forces (see figure below).…

Sources of Income and Political Conflict

Strong state capacity is difficult to attain in low-income countries where the state lacks access to resources to aid in effectively implementing policies. As a result, incomes are often used as a proxy measurement to determine the strength of state capacity, and states with lower incomes experience some of the highest levels of conflict (see: Dixon, 2009).…

Select Publicly Available Political Violence Datasets — National-Level

ACLED has compiled a list of select publicly available political violence datasets offering data at the national-level. This table — found below — can also be downloaded here. For a list of select publicly available political violence datasets offering data at the regional-level, see the blog post on this topic.…

Select Publicly Available Political Violence Datasets — Regional-Level

ACLED has compiled a list of select publicly available political violence datasets offering data at the regional-level. This table — found below — can also be downloaded here. For a list of select publicly available political violence datasets offering data at the national-level, see the blog post on this topic.…

Targeting Civilians in South and Southeast Asia

South and Southeast Asian countries have witnessed 561 violent events targeting civilians in 2015 so far. Over half of these events, 293, cannot be verifiably linked to any specific group. Yet the remaining 268 events can be traced to specific rebel groups and political militias.…