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
5-11 July 2020

16 July 2020

In East Asia, key developments last week include: a decrease in protest and political violence activity in China, including in Hong Kong, following the passing of the security law the week before; continued coronavirus-related demonstrations in Japan, South Korea, and Hong Kong; as well as anti-online sexual exploitation protests in South Korea, anti-US sentiments in…

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Regional Overview: South America
5-11 July 2020

16 July 2020

Last week in South America, key developments include: a slight decline in demonstrations over coronavirus-related issues across the region; continued armed clashes between criminal groups in Brazil; political killings and armed clashes between the military and the National Liberation Army (ELN) in Colombia; demonstrations by logging companies in Chile to demand more security in the…

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Regional Overview: Middle East
5-11 July 2020

16 July 2020

 Last week in the Middle East, the number of battles increased in Yemen and Syria, while demonstration events increased in Iraq. Violence against civilians also increased in Yemen.  In Yemen, the amount of clashes increased relative to past weeks as anti-Houthi and Houthi forces conducted offensives in Al Hodeidah, Marib, Ad Dali, and Taizz governorates.…

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Regional Overview: Central America and the Caribbean
5-11 July 2020

15 July 2020

In Central America and the Caribbean, more than half of the demonstration events recorded last week were related to the coronavirus pandemic, with demands mostly centered on economic support. In addition to coronavirus-related mobilization, anti-government protests took place in Mexico and Haiti. As well, turf wars between organized crime groups continue to claim lives, especially…

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Regional Overview: United States
5-11 July 2020

15 July 2020

Last week in the United States (US), more than 370 demonstration events were reported in 45 states and Washington, DC. Demonstrations associated with the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement continued across the country while a number of rallies were also held in support of law enforcement. There were likewise protests calling for justice for the…

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Regional Overview: Southeast Asia
5-11 July 2020

15 July 2020

Last week in Southeast Asia, key developments include: civilian casualties in Myanmar; clashes between state forces and communist and Islamist rebels in the Philippines; protests over legislative decisions in both the Philippines and Indonesia; and protests in Cambodia to commemorate the anniversary of the death of a political activist. After weeks of continuous fighting between…

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