Security & Strategic Review - July 2022

The ninth Summit of the Americas (SoA), which took place from 6-10 June in Los Angeles, California, was marred by controversy over its guestlist.... Read More
Dissident forces of the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (Farc) guerrilla group lost another talisman on 4 May, when Miguel Botache Santillana (‘Gentil Duarte’) was killed in Venezuela’s Zulia state.... Read More
Peru is sliding rapidly towards a major food crisis, according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO).... Read More
The growing divisions in Bolivia’s ruling left-wing Movimiento al Socialismo (MAS) are increasingly crystalising around security issues.... Read More
For months, Chilean police and prosecutors have been investigating the Tren de Aragua, a Venezuelan criminal organisation whose growing presence in Chile has been a source of concern for the authorities.... Read More
Mystery shrouds an Iranian-Venezuelan cargo plane that has been grounded in Argentina after it was refused entry to Uruguay.... Read More
The disappearance and murder of Dom Phillips, a British journalist, and Bruno Araújo Pereira, a Brazilian indigenous expert, in a remote area of the Brazilian Amazon in early June shocked the country and reverberated well beyond its borders.... Read More
On 2 June, Baja California Sur became the ninth state in Mexico to decriminalise abortion, with the state congress voting to allow the legal termination of pregnancy up to 12 weeks after conception, no matter the circumstances.... Read More
Mexico’s government held a national recruitment day on 11 June in a bid to fill over 13,000 positions for specialist doctors that remain empty across the country.... Read More
President Alejandro Giammattei’s decision announced mid-May to re-appoint the highly discredited head of the attorney general’s office (AG), María Consuelo Porras, has drawn widespread condemnation both locally and abroad.... Read More
In late June, El Salvador’s 84-member unicameral legislature approved an executive decree extending for a further 30 days, the state of emergency imposed by the Nuevas Ideas (NI) government led by President Nayib Bukele in March [SSR-22-05] in response to gang violence.... Read More
A wave of massive cyberattacks against Costa Rican institutions has shone a spotlight on vulnerabilities which are cause for concern in countries throughout the region.... Read More
For many on the left, the decision of most Caribbean Community (Caricom) leaders to attend the 6-10 June Summit of the Americas (SoA) in Los Angeles was a betrayal of Caricom’s principles and another nail in the coffin of regional unity.... Read More
In the May issue of Security & Strategic Review [SSR-22-05] we looked in some depth at the concerns in the Caribbean about food security, concerns that have been rising in recent years as a result of the adverse consequences of natural disasters and the effects of climate change now compounded by the effects of the war in Ukraine.... Read More

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