Regional Overview – Asia 7 May 2019

Last week, in Asia, key events included heavy fighting in Afghanistan; organized violence involving domestic rebel groups in Pakistan, Myanmar, and Thailand; election-related disorder in India, Indonesia, and the Philippines; and Labour Day demonstrations across the region. In Afghanistan last week, fighting increased in the province of Kandahar, seemingly as part of a major Taliban…

Regional Overview – Asia 30 April 2019

The biggest developments in the South and Southeast Asian region last week included the deadly Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka and heavy fighting between Taliban and Afghan security forces in Afghanistan. Key trends in the region include: organized violence involving domestic rebel groups in Pakistan and Myanmar; separatist violence in Thailand, Indonesia, and the…

Regional Overview – Asia 23 April 2019

Key trends in the South and Southeast Asian region last week include: targeted attacks in Afghanistan stemming from the Taliban spring offensive (and the Easter bombings early this week in Sri Lanka); violence involving domestic rebel groups in Pakistan, Myanmar, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Thailand; election-related violence and disorder in both India and Indonesia; and…

Regional Overview – Asia 16 April 2019

Key trends in Asia last week included the official launch of the Taliban’s annual spring offensive in Afghanistan, election violence in India and Indonesia, as well as ongoing militant violence in several South and Southeast Asian countries. In Afghanistan, the Taliban announced the official commencement of their annual spring offensive – dubbed Operation Al-Fath –…

Regional Overview – Asia 9 April 2019

Last week, levels of organized violence remained static while demonstration events continued to decrease across the South and Southeast Asian regions. In South Asia, while Indian voters are getting ready for the general elections starting on 11 April, attacks on political activists and clashes with armed groups have been reported from across the country. In…

Regional Overview – Asia 2 April 2019

Last week, in Asia, organized violence remained relatively static while demonstration events continued to decline. In South Asia, Afghan Vice President Abdul Rashid Dostum escaped an assassination attempt by Taliban fighters in Balkh province while election violence continued in India and Bangladesh. In Southeast Asia, police reportedly killed 14 suspected New People’s Army members in…

Regional Overview – Asia 26 March 2019

Last week, organized violence in Asia remained static while the number of demonstration events decreased slightly. In South Asia, Indian security forces remained on high alert in Jammu & Kashmir while stepping up anti-Naxal operations elsewhere in the country in view of the upcoming general elections. In Southeast Asia, fighting between the Myanmar military and…

Suicide Bombings against Civilians and Government Targets in Africa, the Middle East, and Southern Asia

Since the first suicide bombing recorded by ACLED in 2002, there have been more than 1,600 suicide bombings, which have resulted in more than 18,000 reported fatalities. The most suicide bombings have been recorded in Iraq (where there have been more than 340 suicide bombings), Pakistan (more than 280), Nigeria (more than 250), Afghanistan (more…