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: United States
11 December 2021-7 January 2022

13 January 2022

While demonstration levels in the United States declined towards the end of 2021, they rebounded in the first week of 2022, largely in connection with the first anniversary of the Capitol riot on 6 January. Overall, demonstrations during the past month were relatively subdued compared to the month prior, as the week of 25 December…

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Regional Overview: South America
11 December 2021-7 January 2022

13 January 2022

Over the past month in South America, violence decreased compared to the month prior, while demonstrations decreased by over half amidst the end-of-year holidays. In contrast, violence increased in Venezuela and Colombia, with multiple groups fighting over control of border areas in an outburst of violence in early January. In Chile, left-wing candidate Gabriel Boric…

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Regional Overview: South Asia and Afghanistan
11 December 2021-7 January 2022

13 January 2022

Over the past month, the Islamic State (IS) attacked Taliban forces and civilians in Afghanistan, amid ongoing clashes between the National Resistance Front (NRF) and the Taliban. Meanwhile, skirmishes between Taliban forces and neighboring state forces were reported along the borders with Turkmenistan, Pakistan, and Iran. In Pakistan, the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) renewed violent activity…

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Regional Overview: Middle East
11 December 2021-7 January 2022

13 January 2022

Over the past month in the Middle East, the UAE-backed Giants Brigades launched an offensive against Houthi forces in Shabwah governorate in Yemen, while Houthi forces seized a UAE-flagged vessel in the Red Sea. Also in Yemen, clashes in Marib governorate and Saudi-led coalition airstrikes on Sanaa city continued, while a Houthi air attack killed…

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Regional Overview: Europe, Caucasus, and Central Asia
11 December 2021-7 January 2022

13 January 2022

Over the past month in Europe, Central Asia, and the Caucasus, demonstrations against a gas price hike spread across Kazakhstan eliciting a violent response from the government. In Russia, the government continued to curb free speech by disbanding a renowned NGO and arresting relatives of exiled bloggers. Meanwhile, the migrant crisis continued along the Belarusian-Polish…

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Regional Overview: Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean
11 December 2021-7 January 2022

13 January 2022

Over the past month in Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean, violence remained high amid gang attacks against civilians, including high profile attacks on politicians in Haiti and Mexico. In Haiti, members of the Les Revolutionnaires armed group carried out a failed assasination attempt on Prime Minister Ariel Henry during 1 January Independence Day celebrations.…

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