Regional Overview: Africa
25-31 October 2020

Last week in Africa, anti-French demonstrations were reported in several countries; electoral violence proliferated in the Ivory Coast and the Zanzibar autonomous region of Tanzania; and Allied Democratic Forces militants launched deadly attacks on civilian populations in North Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Anti-French demonstrations were held in the Muslim majority countries…

Regional Overview: Africa
21-27 June 2020

This week in Africa, cross-border incursions were reported in Rwanda, Sudan and Chad; demonstrations against economic marginalization turned violent in Tunisia; and Boko Haram engaged in heavy clashes with state and international forces in Nigeria. In Tunisia, demonstrations against economic marginalization turned violent in the southern region of Tataouine. Whilst the latest round of demonstrations…

Regional Overview: Africa
17-30 May 2020

During the previous fortnight in Africa, the Government of National Accord (GNA) made key gains in the west of Libya, further frustrating the Libyan National Army’s (LNA) Tripoli offensive; the Allied Defence Force (ADF) consolidated recent moves outside their traditional area of operation in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s northeast; and Al Shabaab assassinated a…

Regional Overview: Africa
10-16 May 2020

In Africa last week, armed groups carried out attacks in the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Central African Republic despite previous calls for ceasefires; Boko Haram suffered significant losses as Nigerian and Nigerien forces launched operations across both countries; and demonstration levels continued to rise in northern Africa. Demonstration activity continues to rise in…

Regional Overview: Africa
3-9 May 2020

Last week in Africa, demonstration activity rose to its highest levels since mid-March amid an easing of coronavirus restrictions in some countries; escalating inter-jihadi conflict in the Sahel became further entrenched; and overtures of peace were made in one of the most violent insurgencies in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Demonstrations in Tunisia rose to…

Regional Overview: Africa
19-25 April 2020

Last week in Africa, the ongoing coronavirus pandemic prompted a diverse range of demonstration activity, particularly centered on inadequate domestic distribution of food. In the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), state forces were faced with fighting on multiple fronts, with active militant insurgencies in Ituri, Kongo-Central and North Kivu. Meanwhile, state forces were implicated in…

Regional Overview: Africa
15-21 March 2020

In Africa last week, concern over the spread of the coronavirus prompted mob violence and demonstration activity across a number of countries. Several major armed clashes involving Islamist militants were reported in Mali, while the Libyan conflict continued to worsen. With the majority of African countries now reporting cases of coronavirus (WHO, 19 March 2020),…

Regional Overview: Africa
1-7 March 2020

Last week in Africa, Islamist violence continued in conjunction with heightened intercommunal tensions in the Sahel. In Somalia, ongoing fighting between different state actors overshadowed confrontations with the Al Shabaab insurgency. Meanwhile, intercommunal violence has left thousands displaced in South Sudan. In Tunisia, a suicide bombing was carried out near the United States embassy in…