Regional Overview – Africa 9 April 2018

The past two weeks on the Africa continent have been dominated by high-impact military operations and by worrying military and political trends in several countries. In Mali on April 1st, an operation led by the French Barkhane troops in coordination with national forces, against Islamic State militants in Gao’s Akabar area left at least 25…

Regional Overview – Africa 26 March 2018

Last week, key trends on the African continent included an increasing level of political violence in the Central African Republic (CAR) and in Mali, as well as a high-level attack in Egypt ahead of the 26 March elections.   The security situation is becoming increasingly precarious in CAR. Regular lootings and abductions by the Lord…

Regional Overview – Africa 19 March 2018

The week of 11 March has been particularly brutal for civilians in Africa’s largest countries. Dozens of attacks on civilians by non-state armed groups reflected the mounting political tensions in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). In Orientale’s Djugu area, a coordinated attack on four villages on 12 March left 41 people killed. The Congolese…

Regional Overview – Africa 12 March 2018

Political violence and protest events in Africa over the week of 4 March were defined by a number of trends: First, battles involving Boko Haram were less pronounced while violence against civilians continued; multiple forms of violence were present in Sudan and South Sudan and the Somali government deployed extra soldiers to fight Al Shabaab…

Overview of African Political Violence & Protest Trends, 1997-2017

This interactive visual displays maps and charts featuring an overview of African political violence and protest trends from 1997 – 2017. Apply or remove filters by country and event type to broaden or limit your assessment of the data.

Regional Overview – Africa 26 February 2018

A drop in political violence and protest was recorded in the normally active countries of Africa last week, including Nigeria, Somalia and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Proportionally, battles between armed groups increased compared to the week beginning 11 February. Violence against civilians experienced a modest decrease. Ethiopia maintained a steady rate of protests and…

Regional Overview – Africa 5 February 2018

Across Africa in January 2018, political violence and protest levels rebounded from the lull in December 2017. This regional pattern is predominantly driven by a 38.5% increase in protest levels, where regional coordination between movements is provoking tougher government responses in anti-TPLF protests in Ethiopia, as well as in Tunisia and South Africa. Political violence-related…