Regional Overview – Africa 4 June 2019

Major developments for the week of May 26th include assassinations of government figures carried out by al Shabaab in Somalia, a large IS-Boko Haram attack against an IDP convoy in Nigeria, several Allied Democratic Forces attacks against military positions in North Kivu, continued Group for Support of Islam and Muslims (JNIM) and/or Islamic State attacks against civilian areas in Burkina Faso, and ongoing election protests in Algeria.…

Regional Overview – Africa 30 April 2019

Key developments in Africa in the week of April 21st include the deterioration of the security situation in the Soum province of Burkina Faso; the United States airstrikes on Islamic State targets in northern Somalia amid reduced overall activity in the country; the continued unrest in Zamfara and Borno states in Nigeria; and the continuing popular agitation in Tunisia, Sudan and Benin.…

Political Violence Skyrockets in the Sahel According to Latest ACLED Data

28 March 2019: As the UN Security Council returns from a visit to Mali and Burkina Faso, the Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project (ACLED) has recorded a massive spike in deadly violence across the Sahel.1 Over the last five months, there has been an increase in both fatalities and conflict events in the region, with approximately 5,000 reported fatalities and more than 1,200 violent events recorded by ACLED.…