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Security & Strategic Review - April 2019

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On 13 March the Yucatán state legislature approved the law creating the National Guard, meaning that the new law enforcement body now has the approval of the federal congress and all 32 state legislatures...
Region
“The United States will continue to exert all diplomatic and economic pressure to bring about a peaceful transition to democracy......
Southern Cone
Two days before the one-year anniversary of Marielle Franco’s murder, Rio de Janeiro’s civil police arrested two men accused of killing Franco, a local councilwoman, and her driver Anderson Gomes on 14 March 2018...
The Chilean government led by President Sebastián Piñera has vowed to provide refuge for members of the Venezuelan armed forces that have deserted rather than be led by Nicolás Maduro’s de facto government...
Mexico
For at least three years Donald Trump has attacked and vilified Mexico and the Mexicans...
The murder rate reached an all-time high in the first three months of the presidency of Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO)...
Central America & Caribbean
The US government revealed last month that it had suspended the transfer of some equipment and military training that it provides to Guatemala in protest at the misuse of vehicles it donated...
Most people following the oil discoveries off the north-east shoulder of South America are aware of the territorial dispute between Guyana and Venezuela, most recently in the news in December when a Venezuelan naval vessel intercepted a survey ship operating in Guyanese waters...

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