Regional Overview: South Asia 10 – 16 November 2019

Key trends in South Asia last week include: election-related violence in Sri Lanka and continued militant targeting of security forces in Pakistan. In Sri Lanka, numerous incidents of election-related violence were reported during the week of the country’s presidential election, won by Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) party candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa. The violence included clashes…

Regional Overview: South Asia 3 – 9 November 2019

Key trends in South Asia last week include: domestic militant activity in Pakistan; continuing demonstrations against a controversial bill in India; and demonstrations in India and Nepal over territorial concerns. In Pakistan, multiple attacks perpetrated by domestic militant groups targeting security forces were reported in the restive province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) fired…

Regional Overview: Asia 27 October – 2 November 2019

Key trends in South and Southeast Asia last week include: cross-border violence between state forces along Pakistan’s borders with Afghanistan and India; clashes between state forces and domestic rebels in Thailand and Myanmar; continued student-led protests against changes to anti-corruption laws in Indonesia; and the arrest of government opponents in the Philippines and Cambodia. Cross-border…

Regional Overview – Asia 2 October 2019

Last week, in South and Southeast Asia, key trends include: election-related violence in Afghanistan; an increase in militant violence in Pakistan and India’s Jammu and Kashmir state; deadly demonstrations in Indonesia; attacks on opposition activists in Cambodia; and anti-government demonstrations in Nepal. Over the last week, violent events rose significantly in Afghanistan, particularly on Election…

Regional Overview – Asia 24 September 2019

Last week, key trends in South and Southeast Asia included: electoral violence in Afghanistan; increasing reports of violence targeting civilians and children in India’s Jammu & Kashmir; renewed separatist violence in Thailand’s deep south; the end of the unilateral ceasefire declared by the military in Myanmar; and region-wide demonstrations against climate change. In Afghanistan, the…