Welcome to the August issue of the Armed Con- flict Location & Event Data Project’s (ACLED) Con- flict Trends report. Each month, ACLED research- ers gather, analyse and publish data on political violence in Africa in realtime. Weekly updates to realtime conflict event data are published on the ACLED website, and are also available through our research partners at Climate Change and Af- rican Political Stability (CCAPS).
This month’s issue focuses on Algeria’s fragile security situation, tentative peace agreements and violence between Islamic State and Al-Qaeda affiliated groups in Libya, strategic adaption of Al Shabaab forces in Kenya, continued Boko Haram attacks in Nigeria, increased cultural protests in South Africa and the impact of sweeping security measures in Tunisia following the Sousse attack. Two Special Reports focus on peacekeeping and violence against civilians and governance and conflict.
Elsewhere on the continent, conflict events de- clined in Burundi and Democratic Republic of Congo and clashes intensified as AMISOM forces advanced on Al Shabaab positions in south-west Somalia.