Regional Overview – Asia 19 March 2018

There was not a significant change in the levels of political violence and protests in South and Southeast Asia during the week of March 11, with the exception of Afghanistan. In Afghanistan, the number of military operations against the Islamic State, as well as the number of reported fatalities stemming from these operations, increased last…

Regional Overview – Asia 12 March 2018

Rising numbers of political violence and protest events as well as fatalities were reported in South and Southeast Asian countries over the course of the last week compared to the previous week. In Sri Lanka, anti-Muslim riots broke out in Kandy district following renewed tension between the Buddhist Sinhalese majority and the Muslim minority in…

Regional Overview – Asia 5 March 2018

There was an overall decrease in the number of political violence and protest events recorded across the South and Southeast Asian regions last week relative to the previous week. In Afghanistan, two important developments, with possible impact on future conflict trends, took place. Firstly, the Afghan government agreed on a public deal with the Taliban…

Regional Overview – Asia 26 February 2018

The South Asian countries of Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Nepal saw a continuation of political violence during the week of February 18, whereas the political environment in Southeast Asia, according to media reports, remained calm with no incidences of political violence or protests being reported. Cambodia held a peaceful — however, highly criticized — General Election…

Asian Overview 2015

In February 2016 ACLED released the first annual dataset of South and Southeast Asia political violence and protest data. This set covers events in 2015 across ten South and Southeast Asian states. 10,195 political violence and protest events are recorded in 2015. ACLED’s team is also working to record historical data from 2010 in Pakistan, India,…

Nepal: Paving the Way for Reconstruction

Introduction The powerful 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck Nepal on 25 April 2015 was followed by a series of strong aftershocks that changed the political landscape drastically – at least in the short term. Nine years of protracted political power struggles and negotiations over an overdue constitution were replaced by national and international disaster relief…

Targeting Civilians in South and Southeast Asia

South and Southeast Asian countries have witnessed 561 violent events targeting civilians in 2015 so far. Over half of these events, 293, cannot be verifiably linked to any specific group. Yet the remaining 268 events can be traced to specific rebel groups and political militias. In Bangladesh, the political rivalry between the Bangladesh National Party…

ACLED Realtime Asia Data — January – August 30, 2015

ACLED releases up-to-date Asian conflict data on a monthly basis. The latest data — covering Asian conflict from January through August 2015 — can be found here. (For previous Asian data releases, see earlier posts on the topic.) The latest conflict trend report — covering political violence events in Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Nepal, Bangladesh, Thailand,…