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Security & Strategic Review - January 2020

LEADER
Six of the Caribbean Community (Caricom)’s 15 member states are scheduled to hold elections in 2020...
CENTRAL AMERICA & CARIBBEAN
Three bilateral migration accords signed last year by the US and (separately) El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras, continue to attract international condemnation...
Addressing the weakness of the judiciary, which like Panama’s other institutions has been hit by scandal in recent years, was a declared priority for President Laurentino Cortizo whose Partido Revolucionario Democrático (PRD) government took office for a five-year term in July 2019...
Demonstrators around the world took to the streets on 25 November 2019 to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women...
ANDEAN COUNTRIES
Adorned with a lurid serpentine creature, a Chinese and a Colombian flag in each hand, the cover of Dinero magazine dramatically announced the ‘arrival of the dragon’ in a November 2019 edition...
The death of eight people in the gold-mining town of Ikabarú, on Bolívar state’s Brazilian border, has drawn significant national attention in Venezuela...
BRAZIL & SOUTHERN CONE
Alberto Fernández was sworn in as Argentina’s new president on 10 December 2019, marking a return to the Left and to Peronism after four years of centre-right rule under Mauricio Macri...
Jair Bolsonaro has completed his first year as president of Brazil claiming success on the public security front, an assertion based largely on falling crime rates...
As the known involvement in corruption of a number of high-profile public officials in Paraguay, former and current, has returned to the fore, pressure is growing on the administration of President Mario Abdo Benítez to crack down on the crime, with the US being particularly vocal on the matter...
Uruguayan anti-narcotics authorities were delivered a belated Christmas present on 26 and 27 December 2019 in the form of two massive cocaine seizures, together totalling around six tonnes (t)...
MEXICO
Official homicide data shows that 2019 was on course to become the most violent year in Mexico since records began in 1997...
Following the murder of nine members of a US-Mexican family in northern Mexico in November 2019, the US and Mexican governments have launched new talks over how to control the flow of illegal firearms from the US into Mexico...

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