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Security & Strategic Review - July 2019

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The world is a less peaceful place than it was a decade ago, but, for the first time in five years, the global peace index (GPI) registered an improvement, according to the Global Peace Index 2019 report compiled by the Australia-based Institute for Economics & Peace (IEP)...
Andean Countries
In March, Colombia’s main teachers’ union Federación Colombiana de Trabajadores de la Educación (Fecode) launched its second national strike since the beginning of 2019...
With President Evo Morales and his Movimiento al Socialismo (MAS) having marked their 13th year in office at the start of the year, we consider how far his anti-imperialism rhetoric has translated into action and whether it has resulted in Bolivia’s economic sovereignty, new dependent relations with rising actors, or something in between...
Brazil & Southern Cone
Periodically, the underlying problems in Brazil’s prisons flare up in an explosion of violence...
A deadly riot at the San Pedro de Ycuamandyyú prison in Paraguay’s northern San Pedro department has brought into sharp focus the parlous state of country’s prison system...
A corruption ring uncovered at the national police force has raised serious concerns about the emergence of police corruption in Uruguay...
Mexico
A photograph of the drowned bodies of Oscar Alberto Martínez and his nearly-two-year-old daughter Valeria, floating head down in the Rio Bravo, which marks the Mexico-US frontier (also known as the Rio Grande), has once more highlighted the migration crisis in the Americas...
On 4 June, Norberto Ronquillo, a 22-year old marketing student at Mexico City’s (CDMX) Pedregal university, was kidnapped after leaving class...
Central America & Caribbean
Recent revelations that in 2015 President Juan Orlando Hernández was targeted in an investigation into large-scale drug trafficking and money laundering by the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) since “at least in or about 2013” have left the president again on the defensive...
On 26 June, Barbados’ attorney general, Dale Marshall, pledged “zero tolerance” for corruption and that four pieces of legislation would be introduced by Independence Day on 30 November...
It is no surprise that Guyana is seeking to deepen its defence cooperation with Brazil given the turmoil in neighbouring Venezuela, and the fact that Venezuela continues to claim around two-thirds of Guyanese territory...

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