Regional Overview: Southeast Asia
17-30 May 2020

In Southeast Asia, key developments over the past two weeks include: clashes in Rakhine and Shan states in Myanmar; ongoing fighting between state forces and communist, as well as Islamist, rebels in the Philippines; separatist violence against civilians in Indonesia; and coronavirus-related demonstrations in the region amid the financial fallout from the pandemic. In Myanmar,…

Regional Overview: Southeast Asia
10-16 May 2020

In Southeast Asia, key developments last week include: a clash in Myanmar in an area covered by the military’s recent unilateral ceasefire announcement; deadly fighting in the Philippines between state forces and communist rebels; and coronavirus related disorder in Indonesia, Thailand, and Cambodia. The conflict between the military and United League of Arakan/Arakan Army (ULA/AA)…

Regional Overview: Southeast Asia
3-9 May 2020

In Southeast Asia, key developments last week include: clashes in Myanmar after rebel-run coronavirus efforts were threatened by the military; a retaliatory attack by separatists against state forces in Thailand; violence in the Bangsamoro region of the Philippines; and coronavirus related events in Thailand and Indonesia. In Myanmar, clashes continued between the Myanmar military and…

Call Unanswered: A Review of Responses to the UN Appeal for a Global Ceasefire

On 23 March, UN Secretary-General António Guterres called for a global coronavirus ceasefire (UN News, 23 March 2019). The truce would allow pandemic responses to be carried out in areas that are usually too dangerous for medical personnel to access due to ongoing conflict, and could also create opportunities for negotiations between belligerents.  Unfortunately, the…

Regional Overview: Southeast Asia
12-18 April 2020

In Southeast Asia, key developments last week include: civilian deaths from shelling in Myanmar; continued fighting between communist rebels and state forces in the Philippines; renewed Islamist violence in Indonesia and the Philippines; and coronavirus related violence and demonstrations across the region. In Myanmar, last week marked yet another week in which civilians were killed…

Regional Overview: Southeast Asia
5-11 April 2020

In Southeast Asia, key developments last week include: civilian deaths amidst ongoing fighting in Myanmar; clashes between state forces and Papuan separatists in Indonesia; continued breaches of the unilateral ceasefires declared by state forces and communist rebels in the Philippines; and ongoing coronavirus-related violence and demonstrations. As occurs almost weekly now, civilians in Myanmar were…

CDT Spotlight:
Media Targeting

Many states are likely to use the pandemic as a pretext to impose new restrictions on civil liberties and increase repression — including attacks on the media. ACLED Research Director Dr. Roudabeh Kishi maps attacks on journalists covering the coronavirus crisis around the world. This infographic is part of our special CDT Spotlight series. ©…