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: South Asia
20-26 March 2021

31 March 2021

Last week in South Asia, domestic rebel groups clashed with security forces in Pakistan and India. The Indian and Pakistani army reaffirmed their ceasefire pact during a meeting. Incidents of electoral violence were reported in West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, and Assam states in India shortly before the first phase of the state assembly elections. Elsewhere…

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Regional Overview: Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean
20-26 March 2021

31 March 2021

Last week in Honduras, an indigenous leader was killed by unidentified armed men amid continued targeting of indigenous communities. Elsewhere in Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean, demonstrations increased. In Mexico, the selection of National Regeneration Movement (MORENA) candidates to run in this year’s federal elections by the national party structure continued to trigger demonstrations.…

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Regional Overview: Africa
20-26 March 2021

31 March 2021

Last week in Africa, Islamist militants killed more than a hundred civilians during an attack in Niger; French forces were implicated in the deaths of multiple civilians in an airstrike in Mali; and fighting continued in the Amhara and Tigray regions of Ethiopia. For a second week, presumed Islamic State in the Greater Sahara (ISGS)…

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Regional Overview: Southeast Asia
13-19 March 2021

26 March 2021

Last week in Southeast Asia, security forces in Myanmar intensified their efforts to quell anti-coup demonstrations. A particularly harsh crackdown took place on 14 March in Yangon, resulting in the deadliest day of violence since the 1 February coup. Amid rising anti-China sentiment, there were also reports of Chinese-financed factories being set ablaze with the…

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Regional Overview: Central Asia and the Caucasus
13-19 March 2021

26 March 2021

Last week in Central Asia and the Caucasus, violence continued between Afghan forces, the Taliban, and the Islamic State (IS). A protest against the night raids of the intelligence forces in Faryab province was also reported. In the de facto Republic of Artsakh, remnant landmines again inflicted casualties on civilians. In Armenia, the ongoing anti-government…

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Regional Overview: United States
13-19 March 2021

25 March 2021

Last week, demonstration events increased for the second straight week in the United States, rising by about a fifth relative to the week prior. Following mass shootings on 16 March in the metropolitan Atlanta, Georgia area that targeted Asian women working in spas (New York Times, 17 March 2021), demonstrations against surging anti-Asian hate crimes…

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