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 April 2020

29 April 2020

Last week in Africa, the ongoing coronavirus pandemic prompted a diverse range of demonstration activity, particularly centered on inadequate domestic distribution of food. In the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), state forces were faced with fighting on multiple fronts, with active militant insurgencies in Ituri, Kongo-Central and North Kivu. Meanwhile, state forces were implicated in…

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Regional Overview: Southeast Asia
19-25 April 2020

29 April 2020

In Southeast Asia, last week’s key developments include: an attack on a World Health Organization vehicle carrying samples to be tested for the coronavirus amid the ongoing conflict in Myanmar; increased fighting between state forces and communist rebels in the Philippines; and coronavirus related disorder across the region. In Myanmar, fighting between the military and…

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Regional Overview: Central Asia and the Caucasus
12-18 April 2020

23 April 2020

Last week in Central Asia, concerns over Afghanistan’s coronavirus outbreak prompted an unplanned release of Taliban prisoners, despite ongoing fighting between the Taliban and the Afghan government. In Kazakhstan, healthcare workers continued to protest against the government’s handling of the coronavirus crisis, and laborers demonstrated to call for back pay from employers challenged by the…

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Regional Overview: Europe
12-18 April 2020

23 April 2020

Last week, demonstrations in Southeastern Europe increased, with traders, healthcare workers, and Romani minorities demonstrating over lack of government support during the coronavirus crisis. Several demonstrations were also held in the Balkans, Eastern Europe, and Russia, in particular over government measures relating to the coronavirus. A handful of violent incidents were also reported relating to…

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Regional Overview: Middle East
12-18 April 2020

22 April 2020

Last week in the Middle East key developments include: continued Islamic State (IS) attacks in Yemen, Iraq, and Syria; a significant decline in remote violence in Syria; increased protests in Lebanon and Iran; and escalating tensions between the US and Iran in the Persian Gulf. Although Saudi Arabia announced a two-week unilateral ceasefire in Yemen…

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Regional Overview: South America
12-18 April 2020

22 April 2020

Last week in South America, key developments include: an increase in the number of demonstrations in Colombia and Venezuela; clashes between members of dissident Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) groups and military forces in Colombia; prison riots in Colombia, Chile, and Peru; intensified Mapuche militia activities in Chile; and protests both for and against…

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