Regional Overview: South Asia
13-19 September 2020

Pakistan and India, continuing cross-border clashes between Pakistan and India, and internal Maoist correspondence revealing the effectiveness of security measures against them during the coronavirus pandemic. In Pakistan, violence continued between suspected Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) militants and security forces in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. Three militants and two soldiers were reportedly killed during separate armed clashes…

Rising Organized Political Violence in Balochistan: A Resurgence of Baloch Separatism?

Balochistan, home to a majority ethnic Baloch population, is the largest and least populous province of Pakistan. Rich in natural mineral resources and gas reserves, Balochistan is also the country’s least urbanized and most impoverished province. Despite an abundance of natural resources, and major investment through the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), both the province…

Regional Overview: South Asia
26 July-1 August 2020

Key trends in South Asia last week include: armed clashes between security forces and militant groups in Pakistan and India; targeted attacks on security forces in Bangladesh; election-related violence in Sri Lanka; and coronavirus-related violence in India, Bangladesh, and Nepal. In Pakistan, five security personnel and two civilians were killed in an armed clash with…

Regional Overview: South Asia
19-25 July 2020

Key trends in South Asia last week include: remote violence targeting civilians in Pakistan; a decrease in armed clashes between security forces and domestic rebel groups in India; continued coronavirus-related violence in India; and violence against journalists in Pakistan. In Pakistan, 17 people were injured when a bomb exploded at a busy open-air market in…

Regional Overview: Central Asia and the Caucasus
12-18 July 2020

Last week in Central Asia and the Caucasus, despite intense clashes between the Taliban and Afghan forces, both parties continued to release prisoners as part of the US-Taliban deal, raising hopes about imminent intra-Afghan peace talks. Additionally, cross-border clashes and shelling took place between Afghan and Pakistan militaries. A sudden flare-up in the Armenia-Azerbaijan border…

Regional Overview: South Asia
12-18 July 2020

Key trends in South Asia last week include: armed clashes between security forces and domestic rebel groups in Pakistan; continued targeting of political leaders by militants in India; election-related violence in India and Sri Lanka; and continued coronavirus-related violence in India. In Pakistan, targeted attacks by ethnonationalist militant groups continued last week in Balochistan province.…

Regional Overview: South Asia
5-11 July 2020

Key trends in South Asia last week include: armed clashes between security forces and domestic rebel groups in Pakistan and India, as well as both targeted attacks on civilians by militant groups and continued coronavirus-related violence in India. In Pakistan, targeted attacks by ethnonationalist militant groups were reported in Balochistan and Sindh provinces. In Balochistan,…