Regional Overview – Middle East 16 April 2018

This week was characterized by relatively static levels of political violence and protests in most countries in the Middle East, including in Gaza where Great Return March demonstrations were again held this past Friday. Meanwhile, Syria saw an end to fighting in Eastern Ghouta as well as a highly-publicized international response by America, British, and…

Regional Overview – Middle East 9 April 2018

Over the last two weeks a number of disparate trends have appeared in countries across the region, including in Iran, Iraq, Israel, and Palestine in particular, while pro-government forces in Syria and Yemen continued to make gains in their respective conflicts. In Iran, at least a dozen of demonstrations have been reported over the past…

Regional Overview – Middle East 26 March 2018

Trends in political violence and demonstrations stayed largely static this week, outside of some interesting activity in Bahrain, Iraq, and Turkey. Syria and Yemen also saw continuations of existing trends, with Syria in particular seeing ongoing offensives by government and Turkish forces respectively coming close to completion. Israel and Lebanon had a relatively low number…

Regional Overview – Middle East 19 March 2018

Last week, new dynamics in political violence involving the Islamic State (IS) were reported in Iraq and Yemen, while notable events of political violence or protest dynamics were also recorded in Israel, Iran, and Palestine. In Syria, government and Turkish forces continue to advance in the Eastern Ghouta and Afrin areas respectively, while advances by…

Regional Overview – Middle East 12 March 2018

A number of novel protest dynamics were reported in countries across the Middle East last week, while offensives in Syria and Yemen continue to result in advances for government and regional forces in different areas. In Iran, security forces clashed with farmers from the eastern villages of Isfahan province protesting the government’s perceived failure to…

Regional Overview – Middle East 26 February 2018

While there was an increase in the number of reported events in several countries in the Middle East last week, including in Palestine, Syria, and Turkey, this was contrasted by a slight decrease in the number of political violence and protest events recorded across much of the rest of the region. In Palestine, the recent…