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
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
29 March-4 April 2020

Key trends in South Asia last week include: continued security operations against domestic rebel groups in India; and continuing demonstrations and violence over the spread of coronavirus across South Asia. In India, security forces continued operations against domestic rebel groups despite the ongoing nationwide lockdown to minimize the spread of coronavirus. In Jharkhand, four Naxal-Maoist…

Regional Overview: South Asia
15-21 March 2020

Key trends in South Asia last week include: continuing security operations against domestic rebel groups in India and Pakistan, and demonstrations over the spread of coronavirus across South Asia.  In India and Pakistan, security forces continued operations against domestic rebel groups. In India, several armed clashes were reported between security forces and Naxal-Maoist rebels in…

Regional Overview: South Asia
8-14 March 2020

Key trends in South Asia last week include: continuing communal violence in India following clashes over the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019 (CAA); violence leading up to local elections in India and Bangladesh; organized violence involving domestic rebel groups in Pakistan, Nepal, and India; violence against protesters on International Women’s Day in Pakistan; and demonstrations against…

Regional Overview: South Asia 17–23 November 2019

Key trends in South Asia last week include: Naxal-Maoist militancy in India’s central-west states; demonstration activity in Jammu and Kashmir; and incidents of post-election violence in Sri Lanka. In India, Naxal-Maoist militants launched several attacks in the neighboring states of Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand. In Jharkhand, Communist Party of India (CPI) – Maoist cadres staged an…

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 – Asia 24 September 2019

Last week, key trends in South and Southeast Asia included: electoral violence in Afghanistan; increasing reports of violence targeting civilians and children in India’s Jammu & Kashmir; renewed separatist violence in Thailand’s deep south; the end of the unilateral ceasefire declared by the military in Myanmar; and region-wide demonstrations against climate change. In Afghanistan, the…