More than 60 people were killed in a suspected jihadist attack on a river boat near the village of Abakoira in Mali’s northern Tombouctou region…
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Prof. Clionadh Raleigh
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- Global conflict trends
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Dr. Katayoun Kishi
Head of Data Science
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- Machine learning
- Natural language processing
- Conflict prediction models
- Wagner Group activity and Russian foreign policy
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Europe & Central Asia
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Elections for a new president in Zimbabwe had chaotic moments and were heavily biased in favor of incumbent Emmerson Mnangagwa and his ruling ZANU-PF party.…
Over 450 demonstration events were recorded across France in the immediate aftermath of the killing, marking a 380% increase compared to the previous week and…
Anti-LGBT+ mobilization has risen to its highest levels since ACLED started collecting data for the United States in 2020.
Fact Sheet: Attacks on Christians Spike in Nigeria Alongside Overall Rise in Violence Targeting Civilians
A series of attacks targeting churches as well as Catholic and Protestant leaders has raised concerns about escalating violence against the Christian community in Nigeria
ACLED records a fourfold increase in anti-LGBT+ events from 2020 to 2021, and 2022 is currently on track to escalate even further.
Dozens of bomb and shooting threats have been recorded across the country this year, with a surge reported during Black History Month.
Since the attack, over 1,800 demonstrations have been reported worldwide.
New data on Canadian convoy protests and the police response.
The Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project (ACLED) has now achieved global real-time coverage with a final geographic expansion to Canada, Oceania, Antarctica, and all…
Fact Sheet: Updated Armed Demonstration Data Released A Year After the 6 January Insurrection Show New Trends
A year on from the Capitol attack, armed pro-Trump demonstrations continue around the country.
Three years ago, ACLED released new data capturing political violence targeting women (PVTW). Building on that work, ACLED has now expanded the data to introduce…
Civilian fatalities from anti-drug operations in the Philippines are at least 25% higher than official figures suggest, new data from the Armed Conflict Location &…
The Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project (ACLED) has now expanded real-time coverage to 13 small states and territories in Africa and Asia, adding…
ACLED, Everytown Release First-of-Its-Kind Report Revealing More Than 500 Armed Demonstrations Occurred in the Past 18 Months Alone
The Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project (ACLED), in partnership with Everytown for Gun Safety, today released a new report documenting 560 armed demonstrations…
Key Trends Since former President Donald Trump issued an executive order widely seen as an attempt to ban critical race theory (CRT) in September 2020,…
At least 34 states have introduced “anti-protest” bills to restrict demonstration activity or to expand legal protections for drivers who strike protesters with their vehicles.
Download a PDF We are pleased to announce the launch of ACLED-Religion, our new pilot project collecting real-time data on religious repression and disorder across…
9 December 2020: Historical back-coding extends ACLED’s coverage of Latin America & the Caribbean back to 2018, adding more than 44,000 events. The new data…
Download a PDF 31 August 2020: Nearly 11,000 demonstration, political violence, and strategic development events are recorded across America since the end of May, according…
27 February 2020: The Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project (ACLED) has now expanded real-time coverage to Latin America and the Caribbean. These new…
24 October 2019: The Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project (ACLED) is pleased to announce the expansion of real-time coverage to Central Asia and…
3 July 2019: Violence against civilians has continued unabated in the Philippines through the first half of 2019, prompting condemnation last week from the UN…
18 June 2019: New data for 2015 bring the total number of reported fatalities in Yemen to more than 91,000 over the past four and…
28 May 2019: Women around the world are facing unprecedented levels of targeted political violence. According to new data on political violence targeting women collated…
18 April 2019: More than 10,000 people have been reported killed in Yemen over the last five months, bringing the war’s total death toll to…
5 April 2019: The Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project (ACLED) is pleased to announce the incorporation of new data collected by the Syrian…
2 April 2019: Data for more than 23,500 political violence and protest events across Eastern Europe are now available from the Armed Conflict Location &…
28 March 2019: As the UN Security Council returns from a visit to Mali and Burkina Faso, the Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project…
22 March 2019: Eight years into the Syrian Civil War, the country remains one of the deadliest places for civilians according to data collected by…
20 March 2019: With the UN announcing a new plan to shore up the December 2018 Stockholm Agreement between Yemen’s warring parties, the latest Armed…
ACLED has debuted new event types to make analysis for users easier and more informative, and has also added a new sub-event type variable, which…
21 December 2018: Despite a decrease in total fatalities this year, the majority of countries experienced more conflict, expanding the scope of political violence across…
11 December 2018: As UN-led peace talks proceed in Stockholm and a landmark bill to end US support for the Saudi-backed coalition works its way…
The Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project (ACLED) is pleased to announce the release of the most comprehensive dataset on the Syrian conflict to…
On Monday, May 14, the US moving of its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem on the 70th anniversary of the formation of Israel was met…
In the News
In this episode of the Africa Daily podcast, ACLED President and CEO Prof. Clionadh Raleigh spoke with host Alan Kasujja on the fighting in Sudan between the Sudanese Armed Forces and the milita group the Rapid Support Forces
This article by Forbes used ACLED data and featured commentary from our Conflict Watchlist report, ‘Myanmar: Continued Opposition to the Junta Amid Increasing Civilian Targeting by the Military’
This VICE analysis uses ACLED data on far-right mobilization in the United States.
In this video, France 24 Journalist Wassim Nasr uses ACLED and Menastream data to map Jihadist activity in the Central Sahel
With increased availability of disaggregated conflict event data for analysis, there are new and old concerns about bias. We contend that it is necessary to advance an open and honest discussion about the responsibilities of all stakeholders in the data ecosystem to thoughtfully and transparently reflect on those biases. We…
In the aftermath of the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, this Time article looks at the increase of armed demonstrators and far-right extremists at abortion-related demonstrations
This article from LGBTQ Nation outlines 16 violent attacks on Pride events in 2022, noting the ACLED finding that incidents of political violence targeting the LGBTQ community in the first half of 2022 have already exceeded the total number of attacks reported in 2021.
About half the world’s population live in an area of active or latent conflict, and few corners of the planet are not feeling the effects of climate change
Commentary from ACLED’s Head of Communications, Sam Jones, specifically citing ACLED data that shows the anti-LGBT+ mobilization increased by over four times from 2020 to 2021
Saudi-led Airstrikes in Yemen Have Been Called War Crimes. Many Relied on U.S. Support | Washington Post
The Washington Post cites ACLED estimates that the coalition air campaign in Yemen has directly resulted in nearly 24,000 total fatalities, including approximately 9,000 civilians.
In the wake of the May 2022 mass shooting in Buffalo, New York, ACLED Director of Research & Innovation Dr. Roudabeh Kishi discusses our latest report on far-right activity in the United States with The Daily Beast.
ACLED in the News The Buffalo Killer Ripped off Past Manifestos and Mainstream GOP Talking Points | Daily Beast Source: NPR | 3 May 2022 NPR’s Morning Edition breaks down ACLED’s new report — Far Right Violence and the American Midterm Elections: Early Warning Signs to Monitor Ahead of the Vote…
Highlighting our special report on 10 Conflicts to Worry About in 2022, the Addis Standard Daily Scoop features ACLED data showing that conflict events increased by 161% in Ethiopia in 2021, marking the country’s most violent year since the beginning of our coverage in 1997.
The Intercept features our new report with Afghan Peace Watch — Tracking Disorder During Taliban Rule in Afghanistan — on the rise in violence targeting women, journalists, and former government officials under Taliban rule, with commentary from ACLED Director of Research & Innovation Dr. Roudabeh Kishi.
Russian Attacks Hit at Least 9 Ukrainian Medical Facilities, Visual Evidence Shows | Washington Post
Drawing on ACLED and other data sources to triangulate reports, this Washington Post Visual Analysis investigation verifies “nine incidents where hospitals faced direct damage as a result of a reported Russian attack.”
Al Jazeera analysis of ACLED data finds that violence is surging in Burkina Faso, making it the new epicenter of the Sahel crisis, and features commentary from Héni Nsaibia, ACLED Senior Researcher.
Business World Online covers a new investigation into 250 potential drug war killings in the Philippines, citing recent ACLED research that indicated the government was severely undercounting civilian fatalities from the violence.
From Algeria to Zimbabwe: How Africa’s Autocratic Elites Cycle In and Out of Power | The Conversation
ACLED Executive Director Prof. Clionadh Raleigh outlines new research into political change in African competitive autocracies using the notion of ‘regime cycles.’ This framework seeks to explain political change in African autocracies by looking at the role of political elites, focusing on cycles of power between a leader and their…
For Ms. Magazine, ACLED Director for Research & Innovation Dr. Roudabeh Kishi breaks down new showing that physical violence targeting women in politics is increasing in most regions of the world, creating additional –and at times deadly — obstacles to women’s participation in political processes.
Drawing on new data produced by ACLED and the Everytown for Gun Safety Support Fund, Diana Palmer and Timothy Zick argue that firearms are having chilling effect on the exercise of the First Amendment right to peaceful protest, in the United States.
This Reuters special report uses ACLED data to document a “wave of assassinations” targeting village leaders and their families in the Sahel.
No strings attached? How Europe’s military support for Mali closes its eyes to abuses | The New Humanitarian
Co-written by ACLED Senior Researcher Héni Nsaibia, this The New Humanitarian investigation draws on ACLED data to track extrajudicial killings in Mali. In 2020, Malian security forces were linked to more civilian fatalities than the jihadists groups they are meant to be combating.
The Washington Post uses ACLED data to show the scale of the military junta’s crackdown on anti-coup demonstrations in Myanmar.
USA Today features our joint report with the Everytown for Gun Safety Support Fund analyzing new data on armed demonstrations in the United States, with commentary from ACLED Director of Research & Innovation, Dr. Roudabeh Kishi.
In this interactive analysis, Sky News uses ACLED data to explore Islamic State activity across Africa, mapping trends in Egypt, the Sahel, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Mozambique.
External New Perspectives on Preventing Conflict-Related Sexual Violence | IPI Global Observatory Source: IPI Global Observatory | 16 February 2021 In this op-ed published by the International Peace Institute, our Director for Research & Innovation Dr. Roudabeh Kishi, along with Angela Muvumba Sellström, Louise Olsson, Stephen Moncrief, Elisabeth Jean Wood, Karin…
In the wake of the January 6 isurecction, this FiveThirtyEight report draws on ACLED analysis around police response to protests in the United States and features commentary from ACLED’s Director for Reasearch & Innovation Dr. Roudabeh Kishi, specifically citing ACLED data that showed that, between May 1 and November 28,…
The political participation of women, especially in conflict-affected countries, is an official foreign policy priority for the United States. In this commentary published in War on the Rocks, our Director for Research & Innovation Dr. Roudabeh Kishi, along with Rebecca Turkington, speak to the need for efforts in this area…