Security & Strategic Review - May 2022

LEADER
A crackdown on gangs, which was instigated in late March by the Nuevas Ideas (NI) government led by President Nayib Bukele in response to soaring homicides, is sparking major democracy and human rights-related concerns.... Read More
ANDEAN COUNTRIES
It has been a turbulent few months for Bolivia’s counter-narcotics agency (FELCN).... Read More
The killing of four members of the Yanomami indigenous group by Venezuelan soldiers in March shone a spotlight on the multitude of threats facing tribal peoples in Venezuela’s Orinoco Mining Arc (OMA) – a 112,000km2 area designated a ‘strategic development zone’ in 2016.... Read More
A military operation in Colombia’s southern department of Putumayo has drawn parallels with so-called ‘false positive’ cases of years gone by, in which slain civilians were passed off as felled guerrillas.... Read More
BRAZIL & SOUTHERN CONE
Public security was one of the cornerstones of Jair Bolsonaro’s campaign when he successfully ran for the presidency in Brazil in 2018.... Read More
Within a week of taking office on 11 March, Chile’s President Gabriel Boric signed onto the Regional Agreement on Access to Information, Public Participation, and Justice in Environmental Matters in Latin America and the Caribbean, more commonly known as the Escazú Agreement.... Read More
A drastic change of policy regarding Chile’s long-running Mapuche conflict was expected with the start of Gabriel Boric’s presidency in March.... Read More
MEXICO & USMCA
Quintana Roo’s state tourism ministry (Sedetur) expected to welcome around 1.2m international tourists over the Easter holidays, a 36.6% increase on the year before.... Read More
Droughts have increasingly affected Mexico in recent years, and it appears 2022 is to be no different.... Read More
Commercial traffic crossing from the Mexican states of Tamaulipas, Nuevo León, Coahuila and Chihuahua into the US state of Texas ground to a halt for a week in April.... Read More
CENTRAL AMERICA
On 21 April Honduras’s former president Juan Orlando Hernández (Partido Nacional, PN, 2014-2022) was extradited to the US to face drug trafficking and weapons-related charges.... Read More
In April US Secretary of State Antony Blinken paid a visit to Panama where he met President Laurentino Cortizo, signed a bilateral accord on migration and co-hosted a ministerial meeting on migration, attended by representatives from 20 countries.... Read More
CARIBBEAN
Food security in the Caribbean has been of increasing concern for some years because of the prevalence of natural disasters and the effects of climate change.... Read More
*** CARIBBEAN NATIONS SECURITY CONFERENCE 2022.... Read More

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