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Security & Strategic Review - July 2020

LEADER
Suriname and Guyana, two countries on the verge of possibly great oil wealth, have both held general elections this year: Guyana on 2 March and Suriname and 25 May...
ANDEAN COUNTRIES
The arrival of 45 US soldiers in Colombia in early June – the Security Force Assistance Brigade (SFAB), tasked with supporting the country’s military in its fight against drug trafficking - was not without precedent...
The pandemic co-operation agreement signed on 1 June between representatives of Nicolás Maduro’s government and Juan Guaidó’s opposition was hailed in some quarters as a breakthrough in the path towards a peaceful solution to Venezuela’s long-running political crisis...
Almost a year on from the elections of October 2019, annulled over allegations of electoral fraud, Bolivia may finally get another chance to go to the polls on 6 September...
BRAZIL & SOUTHERN CONE
The protests against police violence and systemic racism that erupted in the US in late May - after George Floyd, a black man, was killed by a white policeman - immediately resonated in Brazil, where racial prejudice underpins the socio-economic order, and police forces kill around six times more people per year than those in the US...
‘Fake news’ and the deliberate spreading of misinformation are not the preserve of the far-right – however, there is no doubt that they are an important tool for the radical ‘bolsonarista’ movement that supports President Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil...
“Some people think that the fight against drugs is a losing battle, and are prepared to give in...
The cold-blooded murder of three marines on 31 May shocked Uruguay...
MEXICO & USMCA
The presence of a brigade of Cuban doctors in Mexico, ostensibly to help combat the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, has sparked controversy both at home and in the US...
Mexico’s outdated national radiocommunication network (RNR) has been identified as another factor undermining efforts by the security forces to combat criminality...
José Rodrigo ‘Chino Antrax’ Aréchiga Gamboa was a Mexican drug trafficker who managed to escape house arrest in the US, where he had been convicted, only to be killed days later in Mexico...
CENTRAL AMERICA
When the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic first reached Latin America, the horrifying prospect of its proliferation through the region’s often grossly overcrowded, understaffed, unsanitary and aging prisons was described by various human rights organisations as a “ticking time bomb”...
The coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic has piled further strain on the Panama Canal, whose future in recent months had already been called into question over water shortage concerns...
At the end of May Honduras’s President Juan Orlando Hernández promulgated a new air sovereignty law and inaugurated a combined interagency operations centre (CCOI), both aimed at cracking down on drug trafficking...

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