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Security & Strategic Review - March 2019

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A new rule of law index (RLI) shows that some of Latin America’s largest countries – including Brazil, Mexico, and Colombia – are slipping back in the world ranking...
Andean Countries
On 19 February, the Peruvian government began a three-phase operation known as ‘Mercurio’ to retake areas of the Amazon rainforest that had been lost to destructive illegal mining camps...
Southern Cone
President Jair Bolsonaro took office in Brazil promising to crack down on crime and corruption, and appointed Sérgio Moro, a now-former federal judge known for his crusade against corruption, as justice & public security minister to lead the charge on this...
On 13 February, 22 criminals were transferred from São Paulo state prisons to high-security federal prisons in three other states, a mega-operation which mobilised an extraordinary number of Brazil’s security forces...
The Paraguayan authorities are under growing international pressure to demonstrate their commitment to combating money laundering and the organised criminal networks that feed off it...
Jorge Larrañaga, an opposition senator for the Partido Nacional (Blancos) presented, just over 405,000 signatures to the Uruguayan parliament on 25 February, backing his request for a referendum on tougher measures against crime, to be held on the same day as the first-round presidential elections due on 27 October this year...
Mexico
An amended version of the new law creating a National Guard (Guardia Nacional – GN) was approved in a 463-to-1 vote in the chamber of deputies on 28 February...
The murder of a local activist; an angry community; suspicions that politicians and officials may be complicit; a poorly managed investigation; evidence that goes missing...
One of Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s key decisions at the start of his presidency was to cancel the construction of a massive new airport for Mexico City, at least partly on the grounds that the whole project was tainted by corruption...
Caribbean & Central America
Keeping young people on the straight and narrow can be a challenge in any part of the world, and youths growing up in Central America face myriad difficulties...
Nayib Bukele, the charismatic former mayor of San Salvador (2015-2018), won an outright victory in the 3 February presidential election on the ticket of the centre-right Gran Alianza por la Unidad Nacional (Gana)...
The US is turning the screws on Cuba for its support of Venezuela, prompting some fierce reaction about its behaviour...
TRINIDAD | Police warn about gang weapons...

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