Regional Overview: Southeast Asia
29 March-4 April 2020

In Southeast Asia, key developments last week include: civilian deaths amid fighting in Rakhine state as the Myanmar military rejected calls for a ceasefire; an announcement by separatists in Thailand of a de facto ceasefire; an attack on civilians by separatists in Indonesia; ongoing clashes between state forces and communist rebels in the Philippines; and increased political violence stemming from coronavirus-related fears and demonstrations across the region arising from the impact of government and employee decisions related to coronavirus.…

Dueling Ceasefires: Myanmar’s Conflict Landscape in 2019

Disorder spiked in Myanmar last year. ACLED records an increase of every event type, from battles and violence against civilians to riots and protests. Despite unilateral ceasefires declared by both the military and an alliance of ethnic armed organizations (EAOs) during the course of the year, armed conflict rose in 2019 and was especially intense in Rakhine and Shan states (see figure below).…