Welcome to the October 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 Afri- can Political Stability (CCAPS).
This month’s issue focuses on the recent coup attempt and popular mobilisation in Burkina Faso, one-sided violence and strategic power-sharing in Burundi, the geography of rebellion in Demo- cratic Republic of Congo, political dialogue and military power play in Libya and by-election vio- lence and UPND incited riots in Zambia. Two Spe- cial Reports explore the potential for electoral violence in Burkina Faso, Central African Repub- lic and Ivory Coast in October and the role of Pro -Government Militias in competitive, institution- alised power structures.
Elsewhere on the continent, Algeria remains fraught with socio-political insecurity as protests continue, public sector protests were the domi- nant form of dissent in Nigeria, and Sudan experi- enced a sustained reduction in violence levels.