The Russian Involvement in Syria, Whom Do They target?

There is considerable debate over Russia’s ulterior motives in Syria. While motives may be hard to disentangle, ACLED data can shed light on Russia’s choice of targets. The Russian Defense ministry insists being in Syria to fight terrorist organizations (the Islamic State and Al-Qaeda affiliates).…

5 Hidden Conflicts in the Middle East: #4 Turkish Village Guards

In this series of infographics, ACLED’s Research Analyst, Melissa Pavlik, explores 5 hidden or under-reported conflicts across the Middle East. The fourth explores political violence events involving Turkish village guards (2017 – present).…

5 Hidden Conflicts in the Middle East: #3 Kurdish Groups & Political Violence in the Middle East

In this series of infographics, ACLED’s Research Analyst, Melissa Pavlik, explores 5 hidden or under-reported conflicts across the Middle East. The third is Kurdish Groups & Political Violence in the Middle East  (2017 – present).…

5 Hidden Conflicts in the Middle East: #2 Southern Syria and the Khalid ibn al-Walid Army

In this series of infographics, ACLED’s Research Analyst, Melissa Pavlik, explores 5 hidden or under-reported conflicts across the Middle East. The second is Southern Syria and the Khalid ibn al-Walid Army (2017 – Present).…

Regional Overview – Asia 23 April 2018

Levels of political violence and protest events remained static in most South and Southeast Asian countries over the course of last week. Overall levels of political violence declined in Afghanistan, while air and ground operations by Afghan security forces against Islamic State militants in Nangarhar province were heavier than previous reports, with 22 reported events last week compared to 6 events in the previous week.…