Regional Overview – Middle East
21 May 2018

Regional Overview – Middle East <br/> 21 May 2018

Significant demonstrations were reported across a number of Middle Eastern countries last week, including in Iraq following its elections; in Palestine, especially in Gaza, over the US embassy move to Jerusalem; in Israel, Jordan, and Turkey, in response to the

The Crisis in Socotra

The Crisis in Socotra

Over the past weeks, Socotra has been the site of an unprecedented wave of demonstrations denouncing the militarisation of the island and the encroaching presence of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Protests have intensified in early May, after hundreds of

Regional Overview – Middle East
14 May 2018

Regional Overview – Middle East <br/> 14 May 2018

Both Lebanon and Iraq held elections last week, with the number of riots and protests as well as election-related violence rising, respectively, in each case. Demonstrations in Iran were focused on “Teacher’s Week” while a smaller subset of demonstrations were

Tareq Saleh’s National Resistance Forces

Tareq Saleh’s National Resistance Forces

Going by the name of the National Resistance Forces (NRF), a number of fighters loyal to former president Ali Abdullah Saleh have recently made substantive territorial gains against their former allies in western Yemen. Following the collapse of the Houthi-Saleh

Regional Overview – Middle East
7 May 2018

Regional Overview – Middle East <br/> 7 May 2018

Events relating to elections and labour concerns stood out in a number of countries this past week, which included International Workers’ Day on May 1. In Iraq, Islamic State (IS) militants continued to engage in election-related violence. Iran’s protests were

The Assassination of Clerics in Southern Yemen

The Assassination of Clerics in Southern Yemen

Over the first months of 2018, an increasing number of assassination attempts have targeted local Muslim clerics in southern Yemen. At least five imams have reportedly been killed since January, raising the total number of assassinations to 26 over the

Regional Overview – Middle East
30 April 2018

Regional Overview – Middle East <br/> 30 April 2018

The number of political violence events recorded in Iraq, Israel, Lebanon, and Palestine dropped this week, while the number of events in Bahrain and Turkey rose considerably. Meanwhile Syria is seeing a renewed focus by various forces on fighting the

Regional Overview – Middle East
23 April 2018

Regional Overview – Middle East <br/> 23 April 2018

Event numbers across the Middle East were largely static last week, while only a few new trends were recorded in Iran, Iraq, Palestine, Syria, and Yemen. In Iraq, event levels dropped slightly last week despite the upcoming elections planned for

One Year of Battles in the Yemeni Civil War

One Year of Battles in the Yemeni Civil War

Despite the sense of widespread disorder conveyed by the dominant narrative on Yemen, the frontlines of the war pitting forces of the (former) Houthi-Saleh alliance against those loyal to the internationally-recognised government have largely remained static over the past year.