• ACD Insight

    South Sudan: fragile and divided

    23 December 2013.  South Sudan, already struggling with inter-communal violence, weak governance and tensions with north Sudan, is now in serious crisis as an internal power struggle in the ruling South Sudan People's Liberation Movement has lead to an armed uprising against President Salva Kiir by his sacked vice-president, Riek Machar. Unless stopped, the violent power grab has the potential to exacerbate South Sudan’s own ethnic fault lines.

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    Insecurity and conflict in the Sinai peninsula

    21 November 2013.  Violence in the Sinai peninsula has increased, and the peninsula has been added to the more than 50 other conflicts covered by the IISS’s re-launched Armed Conflict Database (ACD). Militant groups have been taking advantage of the power vacuum created by the departure of Hosni Mubarak, as well as simmering discontent among the Bedouin population over the region's neglect and underdevelopment. There have been attacks on infrastructure and military targets from increasingly...

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    End of the road for the M23?

    07 November 2013.  A revolutionary new UN combat brigade may have helped the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) army to defeat a rebellion in the country’s troubled east. The rebel group M23 (March 23) declared this week that it was laying down its arms, bringing to an end an 18-month insurgency in which 80,000 have been displaced and thousands killed or injured. However, there are dozens of armed groups in mineral-rich eastern DRC...

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    Instability in Xinjiang

    02 September 2013.  The four-year anniversary marking violent riots that killed close to 200 people in Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region passed on 5 July. The weeks leading up to 5 July witnessed multiple violent incidents which the Chinese government said were ‘terrorist’ attacks. The security situation in the region appears to be worsening, as the Turkic Muslim Uighur population respond to what they call ‘cultural persecution’, the increasing military presence, and security measures.

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    Egypt’s volatile transition

    20 August 2013.  At least 900 people have been killed in the latest violence in Egypt, and there are expectations of further violence as the Muslim Brotherhood calls for protests and marches in support of ousted president Muhammad Morsi. The country remains in a state of emergency, and calls for restraint by the United Nations Security Council have gone unheeded. Egypt – Cairo in particular – has been in chaos since the military...

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    Welcome to the Armed Conflict Database

    17 July 2013.  Existing subscribers or users of the Armed Conflict Database (ACD) may have noticed that the Armed Conflict Database has been extensively overhauled.

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    ACD Makeover

    16 July 2013.  The Armed Conflict Database (ACD), which has been monitoring armed conflict around the world since 2004, has just had a makeover. Apart from giving the ACD an updated look, the redesign is intended to offer a more flexible format and the ability to provide periodic detailed analyses of particular conflicts, or trends in conflicts.

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    Bangui – city of chaos, violence and impunity

    21 June 2013.  Reports indicate a significant deterioration in the security situation in Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic (CAR), since rebels belonging to the Séléka faction – an alliance of armed opposition groups – launched a number of attacks from the north, before taking over the capital in late March 2013.

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    Conflict with North Korea?

    07 June 2013.  The recent threats arising from Pyongyang have caused concern about the risk of renewed armed conflict on the Korean Peninsula. Since February, the North has conducted a third nuclear test, cut a military hotline and declared a state of war with the South, restarted a nuclear reactor, and shut down the only lasting successful example of inter-Korean cooperation, the Kaesong Industrial Complex, in response to new UN sanctions and US–South...