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: South America
13 December 2020-8 January 2021

13 January 2021

Last month in South America, demonstrations decreased across the region. Nevertheless, a controversial abortion bill led thousands of Argentinians both for and against the bill to the streets. Some countries continued to experience significant political unrest, including Bolivia, Peru, and Venezuela. In Peru, farmers across the country demonstrated to demand approval of a new farming…

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Regional Overview: East Asia
13 December 2020-8 January 2021

13 January 2021

Key developments over the past month in East Asia include a sweeping crackdown in Hong Kong involving the arrest of over 50 pro-democracy politicians and activists charged with violating the recently passed National Security Law. In North Korea, 20 people associated with the nuclear program were arrested in an apparent attempt to instill fear among…

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Regional Overview: Africa
13 December 2020-8 January 2021

13 January 2021

During the last four weeks in Africa, rebel groups launched major operations in the Central African Republic; intercommunal violence continued to proliferate throughout Ethiopia; and Islamic State militants carried out the deadliest attacks against a Nigerien civilian population in recent years. In the Central African Republic (CAR), major rebel groups merged command structures during an…

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Regional Overview: United States
6-12 December 2020

17 December 2020

Last week, demonstrations in the United States increased by over a quarter relative to the week prior. Demonstrations related to the coronavirus pandemic increased by more than 50%. Violent demonstrations, as well as demonstrations with police intervention, account for 10% of all demonstration events — double what was recorded during the previous week. Demonstrations in…

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Regional Overview: Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean
6-12 December 2020

17 December 2020

Last week in Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean, journalists and political activists continued to be the targets of attacks. In Nicaragua, a member of the Mayangna indigenous community was killed by a local militia, while police attacked a human rights activist advocating for indigenous rights. In Mexico, a journalist investigating a homicide was killed…

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Regional Overview: Middle East
6-12 December 2020

17 December 2020

Last week in the Middle East, clashes continued between pro-Hadi and pro-Southern Transitional Council (STC) forces in Yemen despite an agreement to de-escalate tensions in Abyan. Yemen was also the scene of several demonstrations over the last week, sparked by the physical and economic insecurity caused by the war. In Syria, more Turkish forces withdrew…

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