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
31 July-3 September 2021

9 September 2021

During the last five weeks in the Middle East, political violence decreased significantly in Al Bayda governorate in Yemen, while clashes between Houthi and pro-Hadi forces picked up last week in Marib governorate. In Lahij, the second deadliest attack this year, outside the frontlines of Marib, was recorded on 29 August. In Saudi Arabia, Houthi…

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Regional Overview: South Asia and Afghanistan
31 July-3 September 2021

9 September 2021

Last month in South Asia, the Taliban took control of Kabul and emerged as the new de facto government of Afghanistan. Meanwhile, violence persisted in the country during the evacuation of international staff and Afghan nationals, while both civilian and armed resistance also formed against the group. In Pakistan, unidentified militants from Afghanistan and the…

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Regional Overview: Africa
31 July-3 September 2021

8 September 2021

Weekly reports on the latest conflict developments in Mozambique and Ethiopia are made available by the Cabo Ligado and Ethiopia Peace Observatory projects, respectively. In August 2021, an Islamist militant attack left over a hundred people dead in Burkina Faso in one of the most lethal incidents in the central Sahel region so far this year; curfews and restrictions on movement and commerce…

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Regional Overview: South America
31 July-3 September 2021

8 September 2021

Last month in South America, tensions increased along the Colombian-Venezuelan border as rival armed groups broke a years-long truce; fighting between state forces and armed groups continued elsewhere in Colombia. Meanwhile, anti-government demonstrations were reported across several countries in South America. In Bolivia, supporters of former Interim President Jeanine Áñez called for her release from…

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ACLED-Religion Overview
24-30 July 2021

6 August 2021

Last week in the Middle East and North Africa, increased religious repression was prompted by religious ceremonies in several countries, while other governments codified laws targeting religious freedom. In Bahrain and Yemen, Shiite religious ceremonies and holidays were met with a number of restrictive measures targeting religious practice. In Iran, a bill curtailing already restricted…

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Regional Overview: Middle East
24-30 July 2021

6 August 2021

Last week in the Middle East, political violence decreased in Al Bayda governorate in Yemen as it increased significantly in Marib governorate. Along the Saudi border, Houthi forces launched new attacks on Saudi and Sudanese forces, and resumed their drone and missile attacks on Saudi Arabia after a three-week hiatus. In Syria, two Turkish soldiers…

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