Regional Overview: Southeast Asia
25-31 October 2020

Last week in Southeast Asia, clashes between the military and the United League of Arakan/Arakan Army (ULA/AA) increased in Rakhine and Chin states. Meanwhile, civilian casualties were reported amid ongoing shelling in Rakhine state. In both Thailand and Indonesia, demonstration activity decreased sharply. The decrease in protests in Thailand follows a surge in both anti-government…

Regional Overview: Southeast Asia
18-24 October 2020

Last week in Southeast Asia, anti-government protests increased dramatically across Thailand following state repression of demonstrations the week prior. There was also a surge in pro-establishment demonstrations across the country. In Indonesia, the number of demonstrations against the controversial omnibus law on job creation continued on a downward trend. In Myanmar, fighting between state forces…

Regional Overview: Southeast Asia
11-17 October 2020

In Southeast Asia last week, fighting between the military and ethnic armed organizations (EAOs) decreased in Myanmar relative to the week prior. Meanwhile, the election commission’s decision to cancel voting for the 8 November general election in various townships in Rakhine and Shan states because of ongoing fighting sparked opposition from various parties. Demonstrations were…

Regional Overview: Southeast Asia
4-10 October 2020

Last week in Southeast Asia, fighting intensified between state forces and ethnic armed organizations (EAOs) in Myanmar. In Indonesia, nationwide demonstrations against the omnibus law on job creation took place. In the Philippines, state operations against the Islamist group Abu Sayyaf remained ongoing. Meanwhile, in Thailand, anti-government demonstrations continued. In Myanmar, fighting intensified in Rakhine…

Regional Overview: Southeast Asia
6-12 September 2020

Last week in Southeast Asia, fighting continued between various ethnic armed organizations (EAOs) and the military in Myanmar. In the Philippines, deadly clashes were reported between state forces and Islamist groups, alongside a decrease in fighting with communist rebels. Other key developments include: intra-ethnic clashes in Papua province in Indonesia, and ongoing anti-government demonstrations in…