Regional Overview – Asia 21 May 2018

Major instances of political violence were reported from several South and Southeast Asian countries, especially in Indonesia, Pakistan, and Afghanistan. In Indonesia, Islamist groups associated with Jemaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD) carried out a series of bombings and other violent attacks on several Christian churches and a Brimob (Mobile Brigade Corps) police station. These attacks resulted…

Violence Against Civilians in Afghanistan: The Taliban and the Islamic State

Late last month in Kabul, an Islamic State (IS) suicide bomber detonated himself outside of a voter registration centre in the predominantly Shiite neighbourhood of Dasht-e-Barchi. At least 69 civilians were reportedly killed and another 120 were reportedly injured in the blast (Pajhwok, 23 April 2018). This was the latest in a series of major…

Regional Overview – Asia 14 May 2018

Levels of political violence and protest events decreased throughout South and Southeast Asian. From a country perspective, the levels of political violence levels dropped most significantly – by 37% – in Afghanistan, yet remained static in India and slightly increased in Pakistan. In Afghanistan, the number of battles between government forces and the Taliban increased…

Regional Overview – Asia 7 May 2018

Levels of political violence decreased and protest levels remained static in all countries in South and Southeast Asia, with the exception of India where political violence increased by almost 15% and the number of protest events decreased by over 30%. In Afghanistan, Taliban militants launched coordinated attacks on the Tishkan, Shuhada, and Kohistan districts of…

Regional Overview – Asia 30 April 2018

Levels of political violence increased in several South Asian countries while the number of protest events declined or remained static in the South and Southeast Asian region over the course of last week. In Pakistan, there was a rise in militant activity with nine reported events last week compared to five events the week of…

Regional Overview – Asia 23 April 2018

Levels of political violence and protest events remained static in most South and Southeast Asian countries over the course of last week. Overall levels of political violence declined in Afghanistan, while air and ground operations by Afghan security forces against Islamic State militants in Nangarhar province were heavier than previous reports, with 22 reported events…

Regional Overview – Asia 16 April 2018

Over the course of the last week, the levels of political violence and protest remained high in several South Asian countries while they remained low in Southeast Asian countries. With data on political violence in India, as well as in the Jammu & Kashmir region, both now available for download, trends in India as well…

Regional Overview – Asia 9 April 2018

Trends in political violence and protests over the past two weeks have remained static across South and Southeast Asia, with the exception of Pakistan which saw a significant rise in demonstrations. In Pakistan, the number of protest events spiked compared to the previous two week period. Thousands of people from the Pashtun minority community –…

Regional Overview – Asia 26 March 2018

Levels of political violence events remain static across South and Southeast Asian countries, with the only exception being Afghanistan. In Afghanistan, events of political violence spiked by over 38% while the overall fatality count dropped by almost 40% last week compared to the previous one. Notably, Islamic State militants conducted three attacks – two of…

Regional Overview – Asia 19 March 2018

There was not a significant change in the levels of political violence and protests in South and Southeast Asia during the week of March 11, with the exception of Afghanistan. In Afghanistan, the number of military operations against the Islamic State, as well as the number of reported fatalities stemming from these operations, increased last…