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
6-12 August 2022

18 August 2022

Last week in South America, new Colombian President Gustavo Petro was sworn in on 7 August. Meanwhile, the Gulf Clan and dissidents of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) continued to perpetrate targeted attacks against civilians. In Brazil, nationwide protests took place in support of democracy and free elections, while clashes involving drug trafficking…

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Regional Overview: United States and Canada
6-12 August 2022

18 August 2022

Last week in the United States and Canada, demonstration activity decreased slightly in the United States and increased slightly in Canada. Labor demonstrations made up the largest share of events last week in both Canada and the United States. In the former, demonstrations for environmental causes made up the second-largest share of events. Meanwhile, a…

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Regional Overview: East Asia Pacific
6-12 August 2022

18 August 2022

Last week in the East Asia Pacific region, a combined force of the Kachin Independence Organization/Kachin Independence Army (KIO/KIA) and People’s Defense Force (PDF) seized a military camp and a checkpoint on the border of Myanmar’s Kachin state and Sagaing region. Fighting broke out between the Karen National Union/Karen National Liberation Army (KNU/KNLA) and the…

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Regional Overview: Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean
6-12 August 2022

18 August 2022

Last week in Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean, gang violence intensified in Mexico and Haiti, driven by anti-gang operations and attacks targeting political figures. In Mexico, following a clash between state forces and the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG), the cartel blocked roads and destroyed stores in Guanajuato and Jalisco states. Meanwhile, six journalists were…

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Regional Overview: South Asia and Afghanistan
6-12 August 2022

18 August 2022

Last week in South Asia and Afghanistan, the Islamic State (IS) continued to target Shiite civilians in Kabul city in Afghanistan. Meanwhile, Taliban sources denied reports of unknown forces carrying out drone strikes targeting Al Qaeda and Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) militants, amid multiple unclaimed attacks targeting the latter. Anti-Taliban groups also remained active, inflicting a…

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Regional Overview: Europe, Caucasus, and Central Asia
6-12 August 2022

18 August 2022

Last week in Europe, Caucasus, and Central Asia, the Russian military invasion of Ukraine continued, with violence reportedly spilling across the borders with Russia and Belarus. Rallies condemning Israeli strikes on the Gaza Strip and nuclear weapons on the occasion of A-Bomb Day on 6 August were recorded across the region. Fighting de-escalated along the…

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