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Security & Strategic Review - May 2021

LEADER
The coronavirus (Covid-19) has claimed more lives in Brazil in the first four months of 2021 than during the nine months of the pandemic last year...
ANDEAN COUNTRIES
The relationship between South American and Mexican drug trafficking organisations (DTOs) – a crucial link in the international narcotics trade – has been transformed in recent years, according to the United Nations International Narcotics Control Board (INCB)’s annual report...
The arrest in March of Bolivia’s former interim president Jeanine Áñez (2019-2020) and other high-ranking officials from her administration has reignited familiar concerns over judicial independence in Bolivia...
Peru’s national anti-drugs agency (Devida) was recently forced to correct the United Nations International Narcotics Control Board (INCB)’s annual report, published in March, which mistakenly claimed that Peru had not monitored illegal coca cultivation in 2018 and 2019...
BRAZIL & SOUTHERN CONE
Chile faces a future of water scarcity...
Both Argentina and Uruguay received visits from US officials in April...
MEXICO & USMCA
The Mexican government led by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador is determined to expedite the reopening of schools for in-person learning after it was forced to close these to try to slow the spread of the coronavirus (Covid-19) in the country...
With US President Joe Biden now settled in the White House, the Mexican government led by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has been advancing with its efforts to reshape all aspects of the Mexico-US bilateral relation...
CENTRAL AMERICA
President Nayib Bukele’s recent failure to meet the new US envoy for Central America, Ricardo Zuñiga, during the latter’s first trip to the sub-region has again highlighted strained relations between the Salvadorean government and the new US administration led by President Joe Biden...
While irregular migration from Central America’s Northern Triangle (El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras) continues to dominate headlines, the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) has highlighted another worrying situation regarding migrants headed north – those making the perilous journey through the Darién Gap, a roadless expanse of jungle on Panama’s eastern border with Colombia...
The ruling Frente Sandinista de Liberación Nacional (FSLN) has unveiled an electoral reform initiative ahead of the 7 November general election in which President Daniel Ortega is running again...
CARIBBEAN
The eruption of La Soufrière on St Vincent is not an unusual or unexpected event...

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