05 September 2017

ACLED Releases August 2017 Conflict Trend Report

The August issue of the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data (ACLED) project's Conflict Trends Report analyzes recent trends in political violence in ten countries in South and Southeast Asia, stretching from Pakistan to Vietnam.

The report includes an analysis on the spike of events of political violence Sri Lanka, an overview of the relatively low regional violence in Southeast Asia, and a special focus on the decrease in events of political violence in Myanmar after the controversial ceasefire. The report also discusses the Philippines have the third highest event count in South and Southeast Asia, behind only India and Pakistan, as well as the highest fatality rate, suggesting that the Philippine leadership under President Duterte has encouraged the spike in violence.

A special focus report suggests that Islamic State recruitment activities have led Pakistan and Bangladesh to tighten security measures and develop policies designed to combat Islamist insurgencies. The report finds that Islamist insurgencies have become of particular importance in recent years though much violence is driven by political unrest in Asia.

Previous ACLED-Asia Conflict Trends Reports are available here.