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: Southeast Asia
9-15 January 2021

20 January 2021

Last week in Southeast Asia, clashes between ethnic armed organizations (EAOs) decreased in Shan state, Myanmar. However, fighting between Myanmar state forces and Karen rebels increased in the Bago region. Likewise, in Indonesia and the Philippines, state forces clashed with separatist and communist rebel groups, respectively. Also in the Philippines, violence against civilians – including…

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Regional Overview: Central Asia and the Caucasus
9-15 January 2021

20 January 2021

Last week in Central Asia and the Caucasus, the Taliban used drones to attack Afghan forces in Afghanistan, while Afghan forces made territorial gains in Urozgan province. The Islamic State (IS) targeted both civilians and the Taliban, while an airstrike by Afghan forces killed civilians and triggered a rare protest in Nimruz province. Along the…

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Regional Overview: Africa
9-15 January 2021

20 January 2021

Last week in Africa, rebels launched an attack on the capital of the Central African Republic; a former Ethiopian foreign minister was killed in Tigray; and the Opposition Front for the Restoration of Unity and Democracy fighters clashed with Djiboutian state forces for the first time in recent years. The situation in the Central African…

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Regional Overview: Europe
13 December 2020-8 January 2021

17 January 2021

Demonstration activity across Europe continued at lower levels over the past month.  In Belarus, demonstrations against the regime of Alexander Lukashenko continue, despite regime-suggested reforms in an effort to placate demonstrators. In the Republic of Ireland, demonstrations were sparked in reaction to the killing of a young Black man by police. In Spain, demonstrations against…

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Regional Overview: United States
13 December 2020-8 January 2021

14 January 2021

While demonstrations in the United States continued on a downward trend through the end of 2020, they began to resurge in the first week of 2021. With President Donald Trump’s continued refusal to accept the election results (The Hill, 6 January 2021), ‘Stop the Steal’ rallies continued across the country, culminating in significant unrest in…

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Regional Overview: Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean
13 December 2020-8 January 2021

14 January 2021

Over the past four weeks in Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean, political violence and demonstrations decreased. However, attacks against politicians and former government representatives continued in Mexico with the killing of two candidates running for mayor, a former governor, and a former mayor. Meanwhile, in Nicaragua and Honduras, members of the opposition and environmental…

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