Regional Overview – Asia 02 July 2018

Last week was marked by major protests in Afghanistan, ongoing election turmoil in Pakistan, and militant violence in Indonesia. In Afghanistan, following the end of the ceasefire, levels of political violence further increased by 20% compared to the previous week, which is a total hike of over 78% compared to the week of the ceasefire.…

Regional Overview – Asia 25 June 2018

As Ramadan came to an end on June 14, the Afghan government decided to extend its ceasefire with the Taliban. The Taliban, however, resumed military operations of its spring offensive Eid and launched attacks in several provinces across the country – notably Faryab, Helmand, and Badghis Provinces. Levels of political violence increased by 38% in…

Regional Overview – Asia 11 June 2018

Important developments in South and Southeast Asia this past week included ceasefire negotiations in Afghanistan, continued cross-border violence between Pakistan and India, and several protests throughout the region in solidarity with the people of Palestine. In a surprising move from both sides, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani declared a unilateral ceasefire on June 7 over the…

Regional Overview – Asia 28 May 2018

Levels of political violence decreased and the numbers of demonstrations decreased or remained the same in all South and Southeast Asian countries last week compared to the previous week. In Afghanistan, fierce clashes erupted in Ghazni province with Taliban forces closing in on the provincial capital. The majority of battles occurred in the Dih Yak,…

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…

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…