Regional Overview: Africa
12-18 July 2020

Last week in Africa, Al Shabaab launched a failed assassination attempt on the chief of the Somali National Army; Ambazonian separatists engaged in high profile attacks against civilians in Cameroon; and voter registration prompted violence in Ghana. In Somalia, Al Shabaab staged a failed assassination attempt on Somali National Army chief General Odawaa Yusuf Rageh…

Regional Overview: Africa
5-11 July 2020

Last week in Africa, violent anti-government demonstrations were reported in Mali; armed groups staged attacks on civilians in Nigeria’s northwest, as Boko Haram targeted state forces in Nigeria and Chad; and a major armed group split in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s restive North Kivu province. South Sudanese forces attacked a Ugandan military patrol in…

Regional Overview: Africa
28 June-4 July 2020

Last week in Africa, violence erupted across Ethiopia’s Oromia region in response to the murder of a prominent Oromo musician; nationwide demonstrations were held in Sudan amid popular discontent with stalling reforms; and intercommunal violence continued in South Sudan. In Ethiopia, violence erupted in Addis Ababa and across the Oromia region in response to the…

Regional Overview: Africa
21-27 June 2020

This week in Africa, cross-border incursions were reported in Rwanda, Sudan and Chad; demonstrations against economic marginalization turned violent in Tunisia; and Boko Haram engaged in heavy clashes with state and international forces in Nigeria. In Tunisia, demonstrations against economic marginalization turned violent in the southern region of Tataouine. Whilst the latest round of demonstrations…

Regional Overview: Africa
14-20 June 2020

Last week in Africa, state forces clashed with separatists in the Casamance region of Senegal and the Anglophone regions of Cameroon, while large-scale intercommunal violence continued in the Pibor region of South Sudan. Ongoing communal tensions flared in the Pibor region of South Sudan. Bor Dinka fighters clashed with Murle fighters in the areas surrounding…

Regional Overview: Africa
17-30 May 2020

During the previous fortnight in Africa, the Government of National Accord (GNA) made key gains in the west of Libya, further frustrating the Libyan National Army’s (LNA) Tripoli offensive; the Allied Defence Force (ADF) consolidated recent moves outside their traditional area of operation in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s northeast; and Al Shabaab assassinated a…

Regional Overview: Africa
10-16 May 2020

In Africa last week, armed groups carried out attacks in the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Central African Republic despite previous calls for ceasefires; Boko Haram suffered significant losses as Nigerian and Nigerien forces launched operations across both countries; and demonstration levels continued to rise in northern Africa. Demonstration activity continues to rise in…

Regional Overview: Africa
3-9 May 2020

Last week in Africa, demonstration activity rose to its highest levels since mid-March amid an easing of coronavirus restrictions in some countries; escalating inter-jihadi conflict in the Sahel became further entrenched; and overtures of peace were made in one of the most violent insurgencies in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Demonstrations in Tunisia rose to…