ACLED Asia covers real-time information on political violence, riots and protests. Information is available from January 2015, with backdated information released for all countries when complete. The data project covers eleven states including India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Thailand and Myanmar.
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The situations in individual states are covered throughout the Trend Reports:
ACLED Asia is pleased to release its second annual dataset, capturing 14,196 events of political violence and protests in South and Southeast Asia in 2016. ACLED Asia covers ten countries in South and Southeast Asia, stretching from Pakistan in the west to Vietnam in the east. Similar to 2015, India was ACLED’s most active country in 2016, capturing more than half of all events that occurred in the region. While the event count for the region as a whole increased, only Cambodia, India, Sri Lanka, and Thailand had an increase in event count, but the magnitude of the Indian count far surpasses the others.
Riots and protests accounted for 83.7% of total conflict events, an increase of 6.9% from 2015. The other major event types that ACLED recorded consisted of battles between armed groups, violence against civilians, and remote violence comprising only 7.1%, 5.2%, and 2.7% of the event count for 2016 respectively. Geographically, most battles are clustered in the following areas: along the line of control (LOC) between Pakistan administered Azad Kashmir and Indian administered Jammu and Kashmir; in the Shan and Kachin states in Myanmar. The number of conflict-related fatalities for the region decreased by 40% from 2015. This decrease was mainly due to declining fatalities in Pakistan from 2,791 to 1,196.
Updates will be loaded periodically, labeled by version. For specific inquiries, please contact email@example.com. ACLED Asia is led by Senior Research Manager Hillary Tanoff, and Associate Research Manager Matt Batten-Carew.
The September 2016 issue of ACLED-Asia’s Conflict Trends Report analyzes fluctuating summer 2016 activity through various trends. Topics include: the recent increase in ISIS activity in Bangladesh with a focus on the hostage crisis from July; the large-scale protests by the Dalit caste occurring in India; and an overview of data collected from the disputed territory of Jammu and Kashmir. Special focus topics include: electoral violence in West Bengal and Bangladesh, as well as the targeting of religious minorities in Pakistan.
ACLED Asia is pleased to release its first annual dataset, capturing 10,195 conflict events and non-violent protests in 2015. ACLED Asia covers ten countries in South and Southeast Asia, stretching from Pakistan in the west to Vietnam in the east. India was ACLED’s most active country in 2015, capturing more than half of all events that occurred in the region. Pakistan, Nepal, and Bangladesh also recorded significant numbers of political violence and protests. While the frequency of events were distributed relatively equally across months, violence peaked in ACLED’s most violent countries in the first and last quarters. Many of the recorded events corresponded with ongoing or upcoming elections.
ACLED Asia found that violence occurred largely within pockets, or confined geographic spaces. Areas responsible for a majority violent clashes include: Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Areas, the disputed Jammu and Kashmir territories, Myanmar’s northern states Kachin and Shan, Thailand’s southernmost provinces, and Bangladesh’s capital of Dhaka. Six out of the seven states in South and Southeast Asia with the highest fatalities were in Pakistan. Sites of the deadliest political violence include Pakistan’s FATA region with 1,533 fatalities, Balochistan (510), Sindh (378), Khyber Paktunkhwa (194), Jammu and Kashmir (198), Punjab (186), and Myanmar’s Shan State (676).
Updates will be loaded periodically, labeled by version. For specific inquiries, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. ACLED Asia is led by Senior Research Manager, Sarah Kaiser-Cross, and Associate Research Manager Hillary Tanoff.
The August 2015 ACLED-Asia’s Conflict Trends Report focuses on areas of heightened activity across the subcontinent. Special focus topics include an analysis of Pakistan’s ongoing military operation, Zarb-e-Azb, and its impact on Pakistani security, as well as an overview of the various causes for competition and conflict over land in India.
The May 2015 issue of ACLED-Asia’s Conflict Trends Report focuses on political violence events in Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Nepal, Bangladesh, Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia. The report notes an overall downward trend of politically violent events throughout the subcontinent and Southeast Asia, largely due to a decline in active politically violent events in Bangladesh. ACLED also incorporates reporting on non-violent protesting into its analysis, which constitutes the majority of reported events within South Asia.
In the first ever issue of Asian Conflict Trends, ACLED researchers Dr. Clionadh Raleigh and Jonathan Gonzalez-Smith of the University of Sussex introduce the conflict environments and profiles of five of the eleven countries included in the South and Southeast Asia expansion of the ACLED dataset: Pakistan, Myanmar, Nepal, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka.
ACLED analysts have created several infographics drawn from 2015 and 2016 data. Click on the images below to enlarge.
South/Southeast Asia and Africa have seen similar rates of political conflict so far this year, but the composition of the respective conflict differs. For example, Asia sees considerably more riots and protests than other conflict types (at 74% of total political violence). While African protests and riots are increasing, it also experiences more armed, organized violence than these typically civilian events. When comparing fatalities stemming from organized, armed conflict events, the difference between the two continents is much more stark – far more Africans have died in recent conflict compared to South and Southeast Asians.