Security & Strategic Review - September 2021

The protection of the environment is under threat in Brazil.... Read More
Amid great speculation about the economic plans of Peru’s new leftist President Pedro Castillo, who was sworn into office on 28 July, the security proposals outlined in his inauguration speech received comparatively little attention.... Read More
The latest report by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) on drug production in Colombia identified a paradoxical trend – although the land area dedicated to coca cultivation continued to shrink in 2020, cocaine production reached a record high.... Read More
In the wake of yet another deadly prison riot in Ecuador, on 18 August the country’s prisons authority (SNAI) announced a major initiative to reduce overcrowding and improve conditions in penitentiaries.... Read More
Once again, small guerrilla groups are making their presence known with a spate of violence in northern Paraguay, causing problems for the authorities and raising questions over the security strategy of the government led by President Mario Abdo Benítez.... Read More
The Paraná River, which has its source in Brazil, runs through Paraguay, and flows into the Atlantic Ocean in Argentina, is part of the second largest river system in South America and sustains the lives and livelihoods of millions as a source of drinking water, electricity, and trade routes, amongst other things.... Read More
The Mexican government has taken the unprecedented step of filing lawsuits in the US courts against some of the US’s largest firearms manufacturers and sellers.... Read More
For years the violation of intellectual property rights in Mexico has been a major concern for foreign countries and firms affected by Mexico’s large counterfeit market.... Read More
The dismissal of Juan Francisco Sandoval, the head of the attorney general’s (AG) special unit against corruption (Feci) in Guatemala, has sparked major outrage.... Read More
While much attention has been focussed on the crackdown by the Frente Sandinista de Liberación Nacional (FSLN) government led by President Daniel Ortega on its political opponents ahead of the 7 November general election, human rights groups have also decried repression targeting those critical of the government’s handling of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.... Read More
On 19 July President Nayib Bukele announced that 1,046 soldiers would be incorporated into his Plan Control Territorial (PCT) security initiative and revealed plans to double the military (FAES) from 20,000 troops to 40,000, a process which he said would take “five years to implement totally”.... Read More
In July Costa Rica’s security minister Michael Soto confirmed that the country’s authorities had seized 4.3 tonnes (t) of cocaine in a single seizure.... Read More
On 26 July, the opposition St Lucia Labour Party (SLP) under Philip Pierre routed the incumbent United Workers Party (UWP) led by then-prime minister Allen Chastanet, taking 13 of the 17 seats in the House of Assembly.... Read More

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