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Security & Strategic Review - November 2018

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In October, Brazilians elected Jair Bolsonaro, a former army captain, as their next president...
Regional Focus
Following the US mid-term elections on 6 November president Donald Trump has lost his Republican majority in the chamber of deputies but increased his hold on the senate...
Voters in Mexico and Brazil, the two largest countries in Latin America, have chosen populist outsiders (of the Left and of the Right, respectively) to be their new presidents...
Andean Countries
Colombian university students have been protesting against the government of Iván Duque over what they say is insufficient funding for higher education...
Southern Cone
Rio de Janeiro state’s new governor-elect, Wilson Witzel, has said that he will use snipers in Rio to shoot down from a distance criminals who carry guns on the street...
The Uruguayan government has deployed the military to the country’s border areas in a bid to reinforce public security...
Mexico & Nafta
With the support of President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) his party, the Movimiento de Renovación Nacional (Morena), has presented a bill in congress designed to legalise the cultivation and commercialisation of marijuana for therapeutic, pharmaceutical, and recreational purposes...
Almost two years after he was extradited to the US, the trial of Joaquín ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán, the head of the Sinaloa cartel, has begun in New York...
There could not have been a crueller, more dramatic way of highlighting Mexico’s problem with an out-of-control murder rate...
Central America & Caribbean
The UN-backed International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala (Comisión Internacional Contra la Impunidad en Guatemala – Cicig) presented its annual report on 9 November amid a continuing stand-off with the government of President Jimmy Morales...
Last month the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) warned of an increase in acts of violence and repression to deter public demonstrations in Nicaragua...
Honduras is posting decent economic growth and stable macro-economic indicators, yet is making next to no social progress...
Trinidad & Tobago has made some progress on fighting corruption...
BAHAMAS | More required on money-laundering...

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