Regional Overview: South Asia 15 December 2019 – 4 January 2020

Key trends in South Asia over the past three weeks include: escalation of violence in demonstrations across India against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019 (CAA); demonstrations in Bangladesh and Pakistan against the CAA; militant attacks on health workers and security personnel associated with the anti-polio vaccination campaign in Pakistan. In India, violent demonstrations continued against…

Regional Overview: South Asia 8-14 December 2019

Key trends in South Asia last week include: demonstrations across India against the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB); continued Naxal-Maoist violence in India’s Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand states; and an attack on a female polio vaccinator in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. In India, the passage of the controversial Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) prompted, at times violent, demonstrations across…

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 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…