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: Middle East
27 November-3 December 2021

9 December 2021

Last week in the Middle East, political violence decreased significantly in Hodeidah governorate in Yemen after two weeks of intense clashes between Houthi and National Resistance forces. Clashes continued between Houthi and pro-Hadi forces in Marib governorate, while pro-Hadi forces opened a new front against Houthi forces in Shabwah governorate. Meanwhile, sustained Saudi-led coalition airstrikes…

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Regional Overview: United States
27 November-3 December 2021

9 December 2021

While overall demonstration levels in the United States remained stable last week compared to the week prior, demonstration events for and against access to abortion increased substantially, making up the largest share of demonstrations, followed by pandemic-related demonstrations. Demonstrations against the acquittal of Kyle Rittenhouse, which comprised the majority of demonstration events the week prior,…

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Regional Overview: South Asia and Afghanistan
27 November-3 December 2021

9 December 2021

Last week in South Asia and Afghanistan, the Taliban clashed with the Islamic State (IS) and the National Resistance Front (NRF) in Afghanistan, while targeted killings of former government workers continued. In Pakistan, riots flared up in response to alleged acts of blasphemy. In Bangladesh, election violence increased during the third phase of the village…

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Regional Overview: Africa
27 November-3 December 2021

9 December 2021

Last week in Africa, Al Qaeda-affiliated militants claimed their first attack in Benin; security forces repelled several attacks by Islamic State militants in Nigeria; Ugandan and Congolese forces launched a joint operation against Islamist militants in eastern DRC; Sudanese and Ethiopian forces clashed in the contested region of Fashaga; and violence escalated in Libya weeks…

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Regional Overview: South America
27 November-3 December 2021

9 December 2021

Last week in South America, political violence slightly decreased compared to the week prior, as did demonstrations, though the latter more significantly. In Venezuela, protests against voting irregularities continued for the second consecutive week. In Chile, Indigenous militia activity increased in the south of the country ahead of the presidential runoff election on 19 December.…

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Regional Overview: Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean
27 November-3 December 2021

8 December 2021

Last week in Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean, violence slightly reduced despite the number of clashes between criminal groups and state forces remaining high in Mexico, Haiti, and Trinidad and Tobago. In Mexico, the National Guard clashed with criminal groups during security operations in Zacatecas state, while members of the self-defense group United People…

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