Regional Overview: Central Asia and the Caucasus
8-14 March 2020

Last week in Central Asia and the Caucasus, key developments include protests in Kazakhstan and Abkhazia, Georgia following the coronavirus outbreak; state interventions in International Women’s Day protests in Kyrgyzstan and Azerbaijan; and ongoing ceasefire violations between Azerbaijan and Armenia. In Afghanistan, Taliban attacks on Afghan security forces continued while new controversies arose concerning intra-Afghan…

Regional Overview: Central Asia and the Caucasus 5-11 January 2020

Last week in Central Asia and the Caucasus, the number of reported civilian fatalities continued to rise in Afghanistan; elections in Abkhazia, Georgia were annulled following violent demonstrations; civil society pressured Kazakhstan to grant asylum to two ethnic Kazakhs from China’s Xinjiang region; and riots broke out on the Kyrgyz-Tajik-Uzbek border. Meanwhile, though ceasefire violations…

Regional Overview: Central Asia and the Caucasus 1-7 December 2019

Last week in Central Asia and the Caucasus, main developments included a deadly attack targeting aid workers amid resumed peace talks in Afghanistan, further corruption cases in Kyrgyzstan, clashes during electoral reform demonstrations in Georgia, and continued ceasefire violations along the Armenia-Azerbaijan border. In Afghanistan, unidentified assailants killed six aid workers from a non-governmental organization,…

Regional Overview: Central Asia and the Caucasus 17 – 23 November 2019

Last week, in Central Asia and the Caucasus, election-related protests spiked in Georgia while organized violence continued along the Line of Contact between Azerbaijan and Armenia. In Afghanistan, the country’s president claimed a significant victory over the Islamic State (IS).   Ahead of the 2020 elections in Georgia, the parliament’s decision to reject a bill that…

Regional Overview: Central Asia and the Caucasus 3 – 9 November 2019

With ACLED’s expansion to Central Asia and the Caucasus, Afghanistan will now be covered as part of this region alongside Georgia, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, and Tajikistan. For updates on South and Southeast Asia, please see the new individual South Asia Regional Overview and Southeast Asia Regional Overview. During the past week, the…

Regional Overview: Central Asia and the Caucasus 20 – 26 October 2019

Last week, protests in Central Asia and the Caucasus were reported over various local issues, similar to weeks prior. Notable developments were the crackdown on protests in Kazakhstan and anti-government protests in Georgia. In Kazakhstan, authorities cracked down on protests called by the Democratic Choice of Kazakhstan (DVK) opposition movement. DVK has been banned by…

ACLED Expands Coverage to Central Asia & the Caucasus

24 October 2019: The Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project (ACLED) is pleased to announce the expansion of real-time coverage to Central Asia and the Caucasus. The new data span eight countries — Georgia, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, and Tajikistan — and add nearly 17,000 political violence and protest events to the…

Central Asia and the Caucasus Data Release

New ACLED data on Central Asia and the Caucasus span eight countries — Georgia, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, and Tajikistan — and add nearly 17,000 political violence and protest events to the dataset. The highest number of events across both Central Asia and the Caucasus is recorded along the border of contested areas…