This is February’s edition of my south Iraq SIGACT monitoring report covering the provinces of Basra, Maysan, Dhi Qar, and Muthanna. I recorded 75 total incidents in February, up from 61 in January. This has been due largely to a spike in protest activity, particularly linked to the health sector (55 protest events were recorded of which 19 were in the health sector).
In preparation for doing some more in-depth research on protest dynamics in Basra, I’ve started expanding some of my data collection categories relating to protest activity. So, in this report you can find tables that: break down protest incidents by the sector mobilised (education, health, civil society activism etc.); the size of the mobilisation; and whether protests incidents were “sector-contained” or “multi-sector” (meaning, did protests involve coordination across multiple social or economic sectors). I’m hoping this sort of additional data can start to help flesh out the empirical picture of protest dynamics in Basra and the other southern provinces in Iraq. Any feedback on how I’ve structured these categories would be welcome!
As with other recent posts, I am currently focusing on trying to get my PhD thesis drafted and so don’t have time to write a the detailed narrative analysis of the data. The map and data for the month can, however, be explored below as usual.
SIGACT MAP: South Iraq February 2019 (Click “View larger map” for full functionality)
PIVOT TABLE: South Iraq February 2019
PROTEST TABLE: South Iraq February 2019