Electoral Violence in South Asia: Local Elections in West Bengal & Bangladesh

Between March and June, local elections in Bangladesh and in West Bengal, India,  led to a spike in political violence and protests. Despite a long-standing history of electoral violence in both areas, the extent and pattern of violence, especially in Bangladesh, is considered unprecedented (Gulf Times 2016).…

Targeting Civilians in South and Southeast Asia

South and Southeast Asian countries have witnessed 561 violent events targeting civilians in 2015 so far. Over half of these events, 293, cannot be verifiably linked to any specific group. Yet the remaining 268 events can be traced to specific rebel groups and political militias.…

ACLED Realtime Asia Data — January – August 30, 2015

ACLED releases up-to-date Asian conflict data on a monthly basis. The latest data — covering Asian conflict from January through August 2015 — can be found here. (For previous Asian data releases, see earlier posts on the topic.)…

Political Bipartisanism and Violence in Bangladesh

Bangladesh has been in political turmoil since early January, leaving more than 150 people dead and thousands injured. Confrontational politics are not new in Bangladesh, but they have intensified in the recent months, reaching its highest level in late January and the beginning of February.…