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 Asia
5-11 July 2020

15 July 2020

Key trends in South Asia last week include: armed clashes between security forces and domestic rebel groups in Pakistan and India, as well as both targeted attacks on civilians by militant groups and continued coronavirus-related violence in India. In Pakistan, targeted attacks by ethnonationalist militant groups were reported in Balochistan and Sindh provinces. In Balochistan,…

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Regional Overview: Africa
5-11 July 2020

15 July 2020

Last week in Africa, violent anti-government demonstrations were reported in Mali; armed groups staged attacks on civilians in Nigeria’s northwest, as Boko Haram targeted state forces in Nigeria and Chad; and a major armed group split in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s restive North Kivu province. South Sudanese forces attacked a Ugandan military patrol in…

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Regional Overview: Middle East
28 June-4 July 2020

10 July 2020

Last week in the Middle East, violence against civilians increased in Iraq, Syria, and Yemen, and clashes with the Islamic State (IS) were reported in the same three countries. Odd explosions took place in Iran and Turkey; while they are officially under investigation, both have been claimed by groups. Meanwhile, protests increased in Lebanon and…

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Regional Overview: Central America and the Caribbean
28 June-4 July 2020

10 July 2020

Last week, demonstrations in Central America and the Caribbean continued to decrease, reaching similar levels as to those registered in early June. Coronavirus-related mobilization still represents the largest driver of protests, with health workers asking for better labor conditions and further lockdown measures while workers from a variety of sectors demand the reopening of businesses.…

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Regional Overview: South America
28 June-4 July 2020

10 July 2020

Last week in South America, key developments include: increased demonstrations over coronavirus-related issues across the region; violent state repression in Colombia; as well as continued armed clashes between state forces and criminal groups in Brazil. The number of pandemic-related demonstration events slightly increased in the region last week. In Chile, demonstration events over the government’s…

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Regional Overview: Europe
28 June-4 July 2020

10 July 2020

Protest activity remained at previous low levels across Eastern Europe, other than in Ukraine. The most notable event is the conclusion of a controversial referendum in Russia on changes to the constitution, which will extend the terms that President Putin is able to serve in office to 2036. In Russia, the referendum on amendments to…

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