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
19-25 July 2020

30 July 2020

Last week in Africa, Puntland forces launched operations against Islamic State forces in Somalia, the Islamic State staged significant attacks in Egypt’s North Sinai, and heavy intercommunal violence erupted in Ethiopia, Sudan, and South Sudan. In Egypt, Islamic State launched a complex attack on military forces in the Bir Al-Abd area of North Sinai, centred…

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Regional Overview: Middle East
19-25 July 2020

29 July 2020

Last week in the Middle East, it was generally quiet as event counts were low across many countries with a few notable exceptions. In Yemen, clashes between Houthi and anti-Houthi forces decreased along with Saudi-led airstrikes. In Syria, Israeli airstrikes led to heightened regional tensions between Israel, Iran, Syria, and Lebanon. Meanwhile, demonstrations in Iraq…

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Regional Overview: United States
12-18 July 2020

23 July 2020

There was a slight decline in demonstrations reported in the United States (US) last week. Largely peaceful demonstrations associated with the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement continued across the country, although violent incidents were reported in some cities. In Portland, Oregon, controversy surrounding the deployment of federal agents has led to several lawsuits against the…

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Regional Overview: East Asia
12-18 July 2020

23 July 2020

Last week in East Asia, key developments include: a continued downward trend for pro-democracy demonstrations in Hong Kong amid passage of the national security law; major brawls between Kuomintang and Democratic Progressive Party lawmakers in the Taiwan parliament over the appointment of the president of the Control Yuan; anti-sexual harassment protests and deepened political division…

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Regional Overview: Europe
12-18 July 2020

23 July 2020

In Eastern Europe, key developments include: a spike in anti-government demonstrations in Bulgaria; an increase in demonstrations in Belarus ahead of the August presidential election; and major protests in Russia against what are perceived to be politically motivated arrests and prosecutions of activists and politicians across the country. Anti-government demonstration activity surged dramatically in Bulgaria…

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Regional Overview: Central America and the Caribbean
12-18 July 2020

23 July 2020

Last week in Central America and the Caribbean, the number of attacks against civilians slightly declined, while the number of battles remained steady, with several clashes involving criminal groups throughout Mexico. The coronavirus pandemic and its economic fallout remains a driver for demonstration activity, although demonstration events last week considerably decreased, especially in Mexico. In…

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