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Security & Strategic Review - January 2019

Leader
As this issue went to press the US government remained in partial shutdown over the stand-off between President Donald Trump and the Democratic Party majority in the House of Representatives over the funding of the proposed border wall...
Andean Countries
On 4 January, the Ejército de Liberación Nacional (ELN) reported that it had successfully upheld a 12-day unilateral ceasefire from 23 December to 3 January...
On 2 January, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stood beside Colombia’s president, Iván Duque, in the Caribbean heat of Cartagena to raise an old concern...
As advertised, Venezuela’s opposition-controlled National Assembly (AN), newly re-energised under the leadership of Juan Guaidó, on 15 January formally declared Nicolás Maduro to be usurping the presidency...
Southern Cone
Home to Brazil’s most emblematic city, the eponymous Rio de Janeiro state has become illustrative of the country’s public security problem, after an uptick in violence and organised crime led then-president Michel Temer (2016-1 January 2019) to put state security under the federal responsibility of the armed forces in February last year...
The year did not get off to a positive start for the inhabitants of Ceará, a state in north-eastern Brazil which is suffering an ongoing wave of violence that began on 2 January...
The death of two indigenous Mapuche in Chile’s Southern La Araucanía Region has led to the resurfacing of social unrest in the area...
Mexico
In early January shortages of petrol began to emerge in a number of states, including Michoacán, Jalisco, Estado de México (Edomex), Guanajuato, Querétaro, and Tamaulipas...
The new government’s controversial proposal to create a new security force, the National Guard, continued to prompt debate during January...
Caribbean & Central America
At the start of this month El Salvador’s Frente Farabundo Martí para la Liberación Nacional (FMLN) government led by President Salvador Sánchez Cerén was quick to point to security progress...
The long simmering animosity between President Jimmy Morales, now in his last year in office, and the UN-backed International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala (Cicig) was threatening in early January to turn into a full-blown constitutional crisis...
The government of Guyana had a torrid Christmas...
ST VINCENT & GRENADINES | Railing at European Union and lack of Caricom unity...

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