Understanding Inter-Ethnic Conflict in Myanmar

Understanding Inter-Ethnic Conflict in Myanmar

While most of the political violence in Myanmar arises from the conflicts between the Myanmar military and the many ethnic armed organizations (EAOs) in the country, inter-ethnic conflict has increased in recent years. One such conflict is that between the

Picking a Fight:
The Rise of Armed Separatists in Cameroon

Picking a Fight: <br/> The Rise of Armed Separatists in Cameroon

With elections looming in October, we consider the trajectory of the current conflict in Anglophone Cameroon and demonstrate how the government’s heavy-handed response to protesters facilitated the rise of armed secessionist movements against the Cameroonian government. What began as a

The Fledgling Insurgency in Burkina’s East

The Fledgling Insurgency in Burkina’s East

Since February this year, a new battlefront has emerged in eastern Burkina Faso (ACLED, 2018), in the  Est Region situated along the borders with Niger, Benin, and Togo is regarded as a bastion of banditry. However, militancy is a new

Homemade Resistance:
The Popular Response to the Difficulties of Life in Gaza

Homemade Resistance: <br/> The Popular Response to the Difficulties of Life in Gaza

The recent conflict activity on the Gaza border can be characterized by its lack of affiliation to armed groups in Gaza and by the use of homemade and/or found weapons (i.e stones and Molotov cocktails, either thrown or attached to

Nothing Quiet on the Western Front:
A New Battle Starts in Hodeidah as Peace Talks Fail

Nothing Quiet on the Western Front: <br/> A New Battle Starts in Hodeidah as Peace Talks Fail

On September 7, coalition-backed anti-Houthi forces resumed military operations outside Hodeidah, in the latest attempt to retake the western port city that the Houthis have been controlling since October 2014. The offensive is reported to have already caused tens of

August 2018 Syria Conflict Update:
QSD Progress, Shifting Regime Fronts,
and the Final Rebel Enclave

August 2018 Syria Conflict Update:  <br/r> QSD Progress, Shifting Regime Fronts, <br/> and the Final Rebel Enclave

During August 2018 (see map below), Syrian Democratic Forces (QSD) and the Global Coalition Against Daesh continued to battle Islamic State (IS) fighters in the northeast, gaining control over the Iraqi border area and surrounding IS in its remaining territory

The Complexity of Disorder in India

The Complexity of Disorder in India

As India celebrated its 72nd Independence Day on 15 August 2018, the country continues to face multiple and complex challenges. Disorder—including political violence and protests—is increasingly multidimensional, complex, and evolving (OECD, 2016; United Nations & World Bank, 2018). Multiple types

Political Peril in Pakistan:
Comparing Levels of Violence in the 2013 and 2018 General Elections

Political Peril in Pakistan: <br/> Comparing Levels of Violence in the 2013 and 2018 General Elections

On July 25, 2018, Pakistan held its first general election in five years. With the 2013 election described as one of the “bloodiest” in Pakistan’s history (BBC News, May 2, 2013), the 2018 election seems to have followed the trend

Special Focus on Coalition Forces in the Middle East:
The Global Coalition Against Daesh in Iraq and Syria

Special Focus on Coalition Forces in the Middle East: <br/> The Global Coalition Against Daesh in Iraq and Syria

The Coalition in Iraq and Syria was set up in September 2014. As the Islamic State (IS) made rapid territorial gains in Syria and Iraq, the United States (US), joined by nine other countries, announced the formation of the Global

Special Focus on Coalition Forces in the Middle East:
The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Forces in Afghanistan

Special Focus on Coalition Forces in the Middle East: <br/> The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Forces in Afghanistan

On October 7, 2001, the United States (US), supported by the United Kingdom, invaded Afghanistan with the stated aims of dismantling al-Qaeda and denying it a safe haven by overthrowing the Taliban government in Kabul (ABC News, August 21, 2017).

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