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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...
ANDEAN COUNTRIES
It has been a turbulent few months for Bolivia’s counter-narcotics agency (FELCN)...
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...
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...
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...
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...
A drastic change of policy regarding Chile’s long-running Mapuche conflict was expected with the start of Gabriel Boric’s presidency in March...
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...
Droughts have increasingly affected Mexico in recent years, and it appears 2022 is to be no different...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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