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: Europe
6-12 December 2020

16 December 2020

Last week, demonstration activity in Eastern Europe continued at low levels. Demonstrations calling for the resignation of Alexander Lukashenko continue in Belarus, as neither the regime nor demonstrators show signs of relenting. In Moldova, supporters of President-elect Maia Sandu demonstrated against newly-adopted laws that might undermine her powers to introduce reforms. Parliamentary elections in Romania…

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Regional Overview: South America
6-12 December 2020

16 December 2020

Last week in South America, demonstrations continued to decrease slightly across the region. Demonstrations over labor demands were held in several countries. In Argentina, women protested in support of a bill to legalize abortion. Political tensions increased in Bolivia and Venezuela. In Bolivia, internal disagreements led to clashes among supporters of the Movement for Socialism…

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Regional Overview: Central Asia and the Caucasus
6-12 December 2020

16 December 2020

Last week in Central Asia and the Caucasus, US forces targeted the Taliban with an airstrike in Afghanistan. The Islamic State (IS) likewise attacked Kabul with rockets for a second time within one month. For the first time since the ceasefire, the forces of Azerbaijan and the de facto Artsakh Republic exchanged fire over two…

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Regional Overview: South Asia
6-12 December 2020

16 December 2020

Last week in South Asia, separatist militants in Balochistan province of Pakistan launched targeted attacks against Pakistani security forces. Targeted violence also increased in the Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) region of India, where unidentified militants conducted remote attacks on security force camps and public spaces. Also in J&K, while the cross-border exchange of fire between…

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Regional Overview: East Asia
6-12 December 2020

16 December 2020

Last week in East Asia, Hong Kong’s Apple Daily founder, Jimmy Lai, was charged under the new National Security Law. In Taiwan, supporters of a Pingtung MP held a demonstration in solidarity with the legislator, who has been on a hunger strike while detained in custody over corruption allegations. In South Korea, demonstrations were triggered…

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Regional Overview: Africa
6-12 December 2020

16 December 2020

Last week in Africa, election-related violence was reported in Uganda and Ghana, as well as the Anglophone regions of Cameroon; hundreds of schoolboys were kidnapped in the northwest of Nigeria; and the dissolution of the ruling coalition prompted rioting in the Democratic Republic of Congo. In Ethiopia, state forces carried out a number of attacks…

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