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: Africa
1-7 March 2020

11 March 2020

Last week in Africa, Islamist violence continued in conjunction with heightened intercommunal tensions in the Sahel. In Somalia, ongoing fighting between different state actors overshadowed confrontations with the Al Shabaab insurgency. Meanwhile, intercommunal violence has left thousands displaced in South Sudan. In Tunisia, a suicide bombing was carried out near the United States embassy in…

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Regional Overview: Central Asia and the Caucasus
1-7 March 2020

11 March 2020

Last week in Central Asia, violence increased in Afghanistan as Taliban and Afghan forces resumed fighting following the previous week’s peace deal. At the same time, violent demonstrations took place in Kyrgyzstan in support of an imprisoned opposition politician. In the Caucasus, cross-border fighting caused further casualties, though ceasefire violations continued at similar levels.   In…

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Regional Overview: Southeast Asia
1-7 March 2020

11 March 2020

In Southeast Asia, key developments last week include: continued fighting in Rakhine state in Myanmar; ongoing pro-democracy protests across university campuses in Thailand; deadly clashes between state forces and Islamist rebels in the Philippines; demonstrations stemming from the political upheaval in Malaysia; and labor protests in Cambodia and Indonesia. Clashes in Myanmar between the military…

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Regional Overview: Central Asia and the Caucasus
23-29 February 2020

5 March 2020

Last week in Central Asia and the Caucasus, the peace deal between the US and the Taliban led to a significant decrease in overall violence; the death of a prominent activist sparked protests in Kazakhstan; and Armenian and Azerbaijani forces engaged in a deadly cross-border exchange, despite lower levels of ceasefire violations. In Afghanistan, there…

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Regional Overview: South America
23-29 February 2020

4 March 2020

Last week in South America, key developments include: three political killings in Colombia by armed groups; increased polarization leading to targeted attacks in Venezuela and Bolivia; continued violence involving the ELN in Venezuela; continued unrest in Chile; and a sustained strike by military police in Brazil alongside continued risk to civilians caught in the crossfire…

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Regional Overview: South Asia
23-29 February 2020

4 March 2020

Key trends in South Asia last week include: clashes between supporters and opponents of the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019 (CAA) leading to communal riots in India; and demonstrations in Bangladesh against the CAA. In India, clashes between supporters and opponents of the controversial CAA escalated into communal riots between Muslims and Hindus. Forty-two people, including…

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