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: Southeast Asia
17-23 April 2021

29 April 2021

Last week in Southeast Asia, anti-coup demonstrations continued in Myanmar, as demonstrators expressed their support for the newly formed National Unity Government (NUG) composed of lawmakers elected in the November 2020 elections. Demonstrators also demanded the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) invite NUG representatives to the ASEAN leaders’ meeting convened on 24 April. Meanwhile,…

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Regional Overview: United States
17-23 April 2021

28 April 2021

Demonstrations in the United States continued to increase last week, rising by about a quarter compared to the week prior. This upward trend is largely driven by a 77% increase in demonstrations associated with the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement amid a series of high-profile police killings of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC)…

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Regional Overview: Europe
17-23 April 2021

28 April 2021

Last week, in Russia, people staged mass demonstrations demanding access to medical aid for imprisoned de facto opposition leader Alexei Navalny. In Belarus, demonstrations were held against the regime of Alexander Lukashenko. In Northern Ireland, loyalist unrest continued with rioting and unannounced parades. In Portugal, thousands demonstrated against the proposed ban of a far-right political…

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Regional Overview: Middle East
17-23 April 2021

28 April 2021

Last week in the Middle East, clashes between pro-Hadi and Houthi forces continued in Yemen’s Marib and Hodeidah governorates while the overall level of violence across the country decreased compared to the week prior. In Syria, Israeli warplanes targeted the positions of regime and pro-Iran militia forces in retaliation for a surface-to-air missile fired from…

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Regional Overview: South Asia
17-23 April 2021

28 April 2021

Last week in South Asia, Taliban militants took responsibility for a suicide bombing attack in Balochistan province in Pakistan. An Islamist party continued to demonstrate against France over caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad from November 2020, leading to clashes with the police. In India, Naxal-Maoists targeted civilians over their alleged cooperation with police and development…

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Regional Overview: Africa
17-23 April 2021

28 April 2021

Last week in Africa, Chadian President Idriss Deby Itno was killed on the battlefield by rebel fighters, prompting a military takeover of the government; international forces maintained a prominent role in combatting entrenched Islamist and domestic militant insurgencies across the Sahel and central Africa; and dozens of fatalities were reported during ongoing intercommunal violence in…

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