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: Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean
9-15 January 2021

21 January 2021

Despite an overall decrease in violence against civilians last week, gang activities continued to claim lives in Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean. In Mexico, gang disputes intensified in the state of Michoacan and Guanajuato, resulting in a number of fatalities. Amidst clashes between gangs, attacks against politicians continued in Mexico as well, with the…

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Regional Overview: United States
9-15 January 2021

21 January 2021

Following the storming of the United States Capitol building by Trump supporters on 6 January 2021, demonstrations remained at an elevated level last week compared to the average throughout December 2020. Demonstrations have averaged slightly under 300 events per week in January, in comparison to under 200 events per week last month. The driving force…

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Regional Overview: Middle East
9-15 January 2021

21 January 2021

Last week in the Middle East, fighting between pro-Hadi and pro-Houthi forces continued in Marib, Hodeidah, and Ad Dali governorates in Yemen. Meanwhile, the United States (US) announced the designation of the Houthis as a terrorist organization, leading to demonstrations in Houthi controlled areas. Elsewhere, Israel intensified its airstrikes against Iranian and Iranian-back forces in…

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Regional Overview: East Asia
9-15 January 2021

21 January 2021

Last week in East Asia, police in Hong Kong continued to crack down on those linked to the pro-democracy movement. Eleven people were arrested on suspicion of helping 12 Hong Kong fugitives flee to Taiwan last August. North Korea displayed previously unseen weapons during a military parade which marked the end of the Workers’ Party…

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Regional Overview: South Asia
9-15 January 2021

21 January 2021

Last week in South Asia, the cross-border exchange of fire between Pakistan and India was on the rise in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) state. Unidentified militant groups clashed with security forces in Pakistan during security operations and targeted attacks. Naxal-Maoist rebels also attacked security forces in Chhattisgarh state of India. Controversial new farm laws in…

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Regional Overview: South America
9-15 January 2021

20 January 2021

Last week in South America, nationwide protests carried out by labor groups erupted in Venezuela and Bolivia amid the economic fallout caused by the coronavirus pandemic. In Colombia, armed groups continued to target social leaders and political activists. In Guyana, Venezuelan gangs remain a threat to Guyana’s borders. In Brazil, as the healthcare system in…

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