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
3-9 May 2020

13 May 2020

Last week in Africa, demonstration activity rose to its highest levels since mid-March amid an easing of coronavirus restrictions in some countries; escalating inter-jihadi conflict in the Sahel became further entrenched; and overtures of peace were made in one of the most violent insurgencies in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Demonstrations in Tunisia rose to…

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Regional Overview: Middle East
3-9 May 2020

13 May 2020

Political violence and demonstrations decreased across the Middle East last week. Though demonstrations increased in Iraq and Iran, the uptick was not enough to offset the overall downward trend. Meanwhile, Islamic State (IS) attacks in Iraq and Syria continued to rise, indicating that instability and anti-coronavirus measures in both countries are likely allowing the group…

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Regional Overview: South Asia
3-9 May 2020

13 May 2020

Key trends in South Asia last week include: armed clashes between security forces and domestic rebel groups in India; organized violence by domestic rebel groups in Pakistan; and violence over irregularities in coronavirus relief distribution and lockdowns in India, Nepal and Bangladesh. In India, security forces conducted a series of operations last week in Jammu…

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Regional Overview: Southeast Asia
3-9 May 2020

13 May 2020

In Southeast Asia, key developments last week include: clashes in Myanmar after rebel-run coronavirus efforts were threatened by the military; a retaliatory attack by separatists against state forces in Thailand; violence in the Bangsamoro region of the Philippines; and coronavirus related events in Thailand and Indonesia. In Myanmar, clashes continued between the Myanmar military and…

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Regional Overview: Middle East
26 April – 2 May 2020

6 May 2020

Last week, more demonstrations were reported across the Middle East than in any week since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic in early March. Islamic State (IS) activity continued to rise in Iraq, while clashes flared over control of the island of Socotra in Yemen. Though the spike in demonstrations was fueled in part by…

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Regional Overview: Africa
26 April – 2 May 2020

6 May 2020

In Africa last week, coronavirus fears prompted a fatal prison riot in Sierra Leone; Libyan National Army (LNA) leader Khalifa Haftar claimed that his military had a popular mandate to rule Libya; and the Central African Republic was hit by worsening ethnic violence amongst ex-Seleka armed groups. In Libya, LNA leader Haftar began the week…

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