CrisisWatch August 2022 – World


Global overview

Our monthly conflict tracker highlights three conflict risk alerts in September.

  • Ethiopia’s Confederate and Tigray forces returned to frontline fighting, crushing the March ceasefire. Hostilities could escalate further on multiple fronts, jeopardizing prospects for long-awaited peace talks.

  • The renewed Tigray conflict threatens to upset the fleeting calm along the Eritrea-Ethiopia border, where Asmara’s forces could do battle with Tigray forces.

  • In Libya, the worst fighting in years erupted between forces loyal to the two rival governments in the capital, Tripoli, raising the prospect of a return to full-scale war.

CrisisWatch highlighted deteriorations in 10 countries in August.

  • Tensions in the Strait of Taiwan rose as China held large-scale live fire drills around Taiwan as part of its response to the visit of US House Speaker Nancy Pelosis to the island.

  • In Sierra Leone, President Bio accused the political opposition of an uprising as deadly protests against the rising cost of living erupted across the country.

  • Al-Shabaab carried out its first major attack in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu since President Mohamud returned to power, killing over 20 people.

  • In Israel-Palestine, Israeli forces launched an offensive against the Islamic Jihad faction in Gaza that has killed dozens of Palestinians in the worst fighting since May 2021.

  • In northern Syria, Turkish drone strikes and cross-border attacks by Kurdish-led forces on Turkish army bases have fueled a deadly escalation that has claimed lives on both sides.

  • Ecuador’s President Lasso declared a state of emergency over the city of Guayaquil after five people were killed in a bomb attack. The attack marked a dramatic escalation in violence in a country plagued by rising gang crime.

Aside from the many conflict situations we normally assess, we followed notable developments in Brazil, Nile waters, Rwanda and Togo during August.

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