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: Middle East
15-21 March 2020

25 March 2020

Last week in the Middle East key developments include: continued fighting in Yemen; a new prime minister-designate and reduced coalition activity in Iraq; relative calm in Syria’s Greater Idleb area; and prison riots in Iran, Jordan, and Lebanon over the threat of coronavirus. In Yemen, pro-Houthi forces clashed with anti-Houthi forces repeatedly in Ad Dali,…

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Regional Overview: Central Asia and the Caucasus
15-21 March 2020

25 March 2020

Last week in Central Asia and the Caucasus, the Taliban increased attacks on Afghan forces while also conducting an operation against the Islamic State Khorasan (IS-K) in northeastern Kunar province. In Kazakhstan, Georgia, and Uzbekistan, protests took place over government measures to combat the coronavirus outbreak, in addition to further demonstrations over property rights in…

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Regional Overview: Central America and the Caribbean
15-21 March 2020

25 March 2020

In Central America and the Caribbean, the number of recorded attacks against civilians, as well as demonstrations, substantially declined. The number of battles, however, only dropped slightly in comparison to previous weeks. Demonstrations stemming from responses to the coronavirus and measures associated with it were reported across the region. While the press in Guatemala reported…

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Regional Overview: Africa
15-21 March 2020

25 March 2020

In Africa last week, concern over the spread of the coronavirus prompted mob violence and demonstration activity across a number of countries. Several major armed clashes involving Islamist militants were reported in Mali, while the Libyan conflict continued to worsen. With the majority of African countries now reporting cases of coronavirus (WHO, 19 March 2020),…

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Regional Overview: Southeast Asia
15-21 March 2020

25 March 2020

In Southeast Asia, key developments last week include: ongoing civilian fatalities amid fighting in Myanmar, separatist violence in Indonesia and Thailand, decreased anti-drug operations in the Philippines, and demonstrations in Indonesia and Thailand arising from coronavirus-related concerns. As the conflict between the United League of Arakan/Arakan Army (ULA/AA) and the military continues in Myanmar, week…

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Regional Overview: South Asia
8-14 March 2020

19 March 2020

Key trends in South Asia last week include: continuing communal violence in India following clashes over the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019 (CAA); violence leading up to local elections in India and Bangladesh; organized violence involving domestic rebel groups in Pakistan, Nepal, and India; violence against protesters on International Women’s Day in Pakistan; and demonstrations against…

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