Conflict News

This page features the latest news and analysis on under-reported conflicts from around the world. The Conflict News page is a new feature of Geopolitical Conflict as of March 2017, and will be updated several times each month, linking to in-depth analysis and latest news stories on under-reported conflicts from trusted external sources.

Note: the author of this site is not responsible for the content or views expressed in external sources, and all have been linked here either with permission from the site concerned, or as permitted under their existing syndication terms.

India and the fight against Islamic State

The Islamic State (ISIS) is gaining momentum in India. By taking a greater role in the global fight against ISIS, India can prevent the extremist group from taking a stronger hold over its Muslim population, and make it more difficult for radicalized Bangladeshis to carry out attacks. Combating ISIS also provides India with the strongest basis for continued progress on US-India security co-operation under the Trump administration.

Read the full article on The Diplomat (14 June 2017)

Taliban territory: Life in Afghanistan under the militants

Sixteen years after they were ousted in the US-led invasion, the Taliban have fought their way back to control swathes of Afghanistan. The country remains mired in conflict, and recent months have seen a series of bloody attacks. In the south, key towns are now Taliban territory. The BBC’s Auliya Atrafi was invited by the militants to spend four days behind the front line in Helmand province witnessing life under their control.

Read the full article on BBC News (8 June 2017)

Duterte Places Philippine Island of Mindanao Under Martial Law. What Next?

On Tuesday, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte declared martial law in the southern Philippines after violence broke out in Marawi City between Islamic State-linked militants, local police, and the Philippine military. On Tuesday afternoon in Marawi City, the capital of the Philippine province of Lanao Del Sur on the island of Mindanao, armed militants with the Maute Group carried out multiple explosions around the city, with authorities warning all civilians to remain indoors. Fighting in Marawi continued into the night.

Read the full article on The Diplomat (24 May 2017)

Has Ugandan rebel leader Joseph Kony been defeated?

The international hunt for Joseph Kony seems to be over, but the notorious rebel leader, who was first chased from his native Uganda to South Sudan and then to the Central African Republic, is still at large. So what do those civilians most vulnerable to attacks from Kony’s Lord’s Resistance Army do now?

Read the full article on BBC News (23 May 2017)

Will Uganda’s Open-Door Refugee Policy Survive South Sudan’s Endless War?

Uganda has been celebrated for its progressive approach towards refugees. But its open-door policy is being tested by the ongoing flood of arrivals from neighboring South Sudan. The conflict in South Sudan has been raging for more than three years, but it has proliferated after a tentative peace deal collapsed in July 2016. Since then, more than 841,000 South Sudanese have fled the country, raising the total number of refugees to nearly 1.7 million, according to the United Nations. Roughly half of them have headed to Uganda.

Read the full article on World Politics Review (16 May 2017)

A Fresh Crisis in the Kashmir Valley

On April 9, the Kashmir Valley saw a fresh bout of violence and protests during the voting for the Srinagar parliamentary constituency. Instances of violence were noted in many places, with reports describing incidents of stone pelting on polling stations, sabotage, pitched battles between security forces and protesters, and obstructing the poll officials from performing their duties. The day ended with eight civilian deaths at the hands of Indian security forces.

Read the full article on The Diplomat (18 April 2017)

Are Yemenis Expecting a Breakthrough in their Civil War?

Are Yemenis expecting a breakthrough in their conflict? Will there be an end to the war between Houthi rebels and their allies in former Yemeni president Ali Abdullah al-Saleh’s loyalist camp on one side and the internationally-recognized government’s forces and their Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) backers on the other? Steps towards the ascendancy of a new Yemeni leader and the withdrawal of Saudi-led coalition forces are in the works.

Read the full article on International Policy Digest (17 April 2017)

Why Ethiopia is keeping its State of Emergency in Place

In late March, lawmakers in Ethiopia voted unanimously to extend the country’s state of emergency for four more months. The emergency was first imposed last October as violence escalated following more than a year of anti-government protests. The protests have largely occurred in the Oromia and Amhara regions, the homelands of the country’s two biggest ethnic groups who complain of being marginalized by the central government.

Read the full article on World Politics Review (12 April 2017)

‘One step forward, two steps back’ for Stability in Northern Mali

The arrival of interim authorities in northern Mali, combined with the launch of joint security patrols involving soldiers and former rebels underline the government’s determination to make significant headway this year toward implementing a stagnating 2015 peace accord with separatist insurgents in the region. But both efforts have run into trouble, and the recently announced alliance of three jihadi groups is a reminder that the threat of disruptive extremist violence isn’t going away.

Read the full article on World Politics Review (9 March 2017)

What’s Next for Myanmar’s Rakhine State?

Four months after a retaliatory counterinsurgency campaign plunged Myanmar’s western coast into the depths of a humanitarian crisis, the government suddenly, and without much fanfare, declared the military operation over as of February 9. For beleaguered Rakhine State and the tens of thousands of Rohingya Muslims displaced by the recent violence, this cessation marked a barely perceptible shift in a long-entrenched conflict.

Read the full article on The Diplomat (9 March 2017)