03 March 2016

ACLED-Asia Releases Overview of 2015 Conflict Trends

CEPSA's conflict tracking conducted by the Armed Conflict Location and Event Dataset (ACLED) project is designed for disaggregated conflict analysis and crisis mapping. ACLED-Asia covers real-time information on political violence, riots and protests, and its most recent Asian Conflict Trends Report includes a general overview of the violence recorded in South and Southeast Asia throughout 2015.

The report highlights distinctions between the types and frequency of political violence and protests throughout 2015, a general review of rioting in South Asia, a focus on Pakistan’s most violent spaces, a piece on the rise of conservatism in India, and a review of Myanmar’s tenuous peace with rebel groups. A special report analyzing Thailand’s conflict environment over the last six years focuses on targeted killings of Buddhists and teachers, Thailand’s southern Muslim insurgency, and the underreporting of continuous violence in Thailand’s southernmost districts.

Though India, Pakistan and Bangladesh were the most politically violent states in ACLED-Asia, pockets of persistent violence can be found in Northeast Myanmar and Southern Thailand. Violence in Thailand occurred almost exclusively in southern border regions, targeting military and police as well as civilians associated with the Thai government.

Pakistan remains one of the most active conflict environ-ments in South Asia. The busiest months for protests in Pakistan were January and March. January’s high protest numbers reflected the coordination of a wide coalition of civil society groups protesting the cartoons of the prophet Muhammad published in Charlie Hebdo.

Prior issues of the Asian Conflict Trends reports are available here.