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: East Asia
10-16 April 2021

21 April 2021

Last week in East Asia, the Japanese government’s decision to release treated wastewater from the Fukushima nuclear plant into the ocean sparked demonstrations in Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. As well, nine leading pro-democracy figures in Hong Kong — including Jimmy Lai and Martin Lee — were handed jail sentences of between 8-18…

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Regional Overview: South America
10-16 April 2021

21 April 2021

Last week in South America, coronavirus-related demonstrations increased across the region after the implementation of new restriction measures. In Argentina, Brazil, and Colombia, many citizens were opposed to stricter quarantine rules, while in Paraguay and Venezuela, many expressed concerns over the workload of health workers and vaccination schedules. While tensions decreased in the Venezuela-Colombia border…

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Regional Overview: South Asia
10-16 April 2021

21 April 2021

Last week in South Asia, military forces and domestic militants clashed in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) union territory in India. Naxal-Maoist rebels have continued targeting security forces in Chhattisgarh state. The state assembly and local elections in several Indian states were conducted amid rival party clashes, targeted attacks, and election irregularities. Finally, violent clashes broke…

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Regional Overview: Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean
10-16 April 2021

21 April 2021

Last week in Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean, demonstrations remained high. In Haiti, the recent kidnapping of religious figures sparked unrest. In Nicaragua, members of the National Unit Blue and White (UNAB) organized a protest to commemorate the third anniversary of the 2018 social unrest, amid an ongoing crackdown against members of the opposition.…

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Regional Overview: Africa
10-16 April 2021

21 April 2021

Last week in Africa, Libya-based rebels launched an incursion into Chad, coinciding with presidential elections; the Bay regional governor survived an assassination attempt by Al Shabaab in Somalia; and several days of militant attacks on a major town prompted the mass displacement of civilians in the Nigerian state of Borno. Libya-based rebel group, the Front…

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Regional Overview: Europe
10-16 April 2021

21 April 2021

Last week, demonstrations related to the coronavirus pandemic continued across the region.  Opposition forces in Russia called for mass protests across the country due to the deteriorating health of imprisoned opposition leader Alexei Navalny and the ongoing crackdown on his political organization. In Belgium, a clash between Chechen and Kurdish youths resulted in at least…

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