Security & Strategic Review - September 2022

Haiti recently commemorated the first anniversary of the brutal murder of former president Jovenel Moïse (2017-2021) [SSR-21-08].... Read More
The bomb blast that tore through a residential street in Guayaquil’s Cristo del Consuelo neighbourhood on 14 August was perhaps the starkest example to date of how Ecuador’s drug gangs are borrowing tactics from their more seasoned peers in Colombia and Mexico.... Read More
The US White House’s Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) released its annual estimates of coca and cocaine production in Colombia, Peru and Bolivia on 14 July.... Read More
Venezuela’s crumbling healthcare system has been hit by successive waves of crises since 2017.... Read More
Brazilians go to the polls to elect a new president in October, in an election that will be decisive for the future of the Amazon rainforest – which scientists warn is approaching a tipping point of no return, beyond which the forest will no longer regenerate, and start emitting more carbon than it absorbs.... Read More
Paraguay is, by many measures, a corrupt country.... Read More
The question of police reform has been floated in Chile for a while, but the 2019 social uprising pushed it up the list of priorities.... Read More
The capture of veteran drug lord Rafael Caro Quintero on 15 July made headlines around the world.... Read More
Mexico’s defence ministry (Sedena) secured “a historic seizure” of 542kg of the synthetic opioid fentanyl in Culiacán municipality, Sinaloa state, on 4 July.... Read More
In July, two incidents sparked speculation over the extent of presence that the powerful Sinaloa drug trafficking organisation (DTO) exerts in Mexico City (CDMX).... Read More
The government led by President Alejandro Giammattei has hitherto faced particular criticism over its attacks on independent judicial operators and prosecutors, amid concerns regarding a more general backsliding in democracy under Guatemala’s discredited head of the attorney general’s office (AG) María Consuelo Porras [SSR-22-07].... Read More
On 6 July a string of United Nations (UN) agencies released their latest ‘State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World’ (SOFI) report.... Read More
St Kitts & Nevis went to the polls on 5 August, only a little over two years after the last general election and well before the end of Timothy Harris’s and his Team Unity’s mandate.... Read More
The 2020 general election was one of the most bitter in Guyanese history, with David Granger doing everything he could to hold onto power for the mainly Afro-Guyanese supported Partnership for National Unity-Alliance for Change (Apnu-AFC) coalition, of which Granger’s People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR) was the dominant component.... Read More

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