Regional Overviews

Our weekly analysis briefs break down the latest data on political violence and protest trends, highlighting potential early warning signs for closer monitoring.

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Regional Overview: Middle East
16-22 January 2021

27 January 2021

Last week in the Middle East, a deadly sucide bombing was carried out by Islamic State (IS) militants in the Iraqi capital Baghdad. In Syria, fighting between different warring factions continued, while unidentified gunmen attacked regime forces, killing at least two soldiers in Quneitra. In Yemen, intense fighting between pro-Hadi and pro-Houthi forces continued in…

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Regional Overview: East Asia
16-22 January 2021

27 January 2021

Last week in East Asia, the Prime Minister of Mongolia resigned amid a large protest and public outrage over a hospital’s treatment of a new mother who tested positive for COVID-19. In South Korea, delivery workers, health workers, and small business owners held protests across the country, demanding the government implement concrete coronavirus measures. In…

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Regional Overview: Central Asia and the Caucasus
16-22 January 2021

27 January 2021

Last week in Central Asia and the Caucasus, fighting between Afghan forces and the Taliban continued, as well as targeted civilian killings by the Islamic State (IS), Taliban, and unidentified groups. The new US administration’s decision to review the US-Taliban deal raises questions about continued US presence in Afghanistan. In the de facto Artsakh Republic…

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Regional Overview: Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean
16-22 January 2021

27 January 2021

Last week, demonstrations remained stable in Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean. In Haiti, demonstrations against insecurity and calls for President Jovenel Moise to step down continued. Meanwhile, in Guatemala, law enforcement clashed with migrants from Honduras trying to force their way across the border on their journey to the United States. In Nicaragua, alleged…

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Regional Overview: Africa
16-22 January 2021

27 January 2021

Last week in Africa, the head of the peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic called for greater capacity amid a worsening security situation; countrywide clashes were reported between demonstrating youths and state forces throughout Tunisia; and large-scale intercommunal violence erupted in the South and West Darfur states of Sudan. In Somalia, Al Shabaab militants…

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Regional Overview: Europe
9-15 January 2021

22 January 2021

Last week, demonstration activity in Europe remained low. Demonstrations taking place in Belarus were against the regime of Alexander Lukashenko. Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny was arrested upon his return to Russia after surviving an assassination attempt by the Russian government. Demonstrations against police violence and racism were reported in Belgium, the United Kingdom, and…

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