Regional Overview – Middle East 9 October 2018

Throughout the Middle East last week, rates of political violence and demonstrations have generally decreased compared to the week prior, with fatalities also decreasing as a result. In Gaza, demonstrations and border violence continued, spreading to the West Bank and Israel. In Iran as well, demonstrations and strikes revealed the country’s ongoing economic crisis. In…

Regional Overview – Middle East 2 October 2018

Throughout the Middle East last week, rates of political violence have remained relatively unchanged compared to the week prior — with the exception of Israel and Palestine, where reports of increased casualties and instances of cross-border violence signal a lack of diplomatic progress. In Turkey and Iraq, fighting against militants continued, while in Iran the…

Regional Overview – Middle East 30 June 2018

Last week, violence continued in Gaza and the West Bank, but also in the area surrounding the Sea of Galilee as Israeli forces sparred with Syrian armed groups from across the border. Within Syria itself, Islamic State (IS) militants launched several attacks in As-Sweida governorate, which were in turn met with a regime counteroffensive. This…

Regional Overview – Middle East 23 June 2018

Last week, the escalating conflict between Israeli forces and Hamas finally ended with a seemingly stable ceasefire on July 21, though not before several people were reportedly killed along the Gazan border. In Iraq, anti-regime demonstrations escalated further, leading security forces to crack down harder on the increasingly violent and widespread agitation (for more on…