Security & Strategic Review - November 2022

Mexico’s defence ministry (Sedena) suffered a major cyberattack on 29 September, when a group of hackers known as Guacamaya broke into its servers and released six terabytes of sensitive email data.... Read More
Colombia’s President Gustavo Petro has moved swiftly on one of his core campaign pledges – launching negotiations with the Ejército de Liberación Nacional (ELN) guerrilla group with the goal of securing the demobilisation of Colombia’s largest remaining insurgent force.... Read More
Accusations that Venezuela’s President Nicolás Maduro presides over a repressive and authoritarian state are scarcely new.... Read More
The murder of a woman who disappeared from a Quito police academy has prompted a wave of public anger at Ecuador’s security forces and the high levels of violence faced by women in the country.... Read More
Uruguay, often seen as a haven of prosperity, stability, and transparency in turbulent Latin America, is being rocked by a scandal which raises questions about the country’s anti-corruption credentials – and the tentacles of which reach right inside the presidential palace.... Read More
Officially, Brazil has been a secular state since 1890.... Read More
In a turnaround for the books, anti-corruption experts in Brazil announced their support for former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (2003-2011) ahead of the country’s 30 October presidential runoff.... Read More
On 1 September, Mexican and US authorities found the bodies of nine migrants who had died while attempting to cross the Rio Grande.... Read More
Senators from Mexico’s centre-left opposition Movimiento Ciudadano (MC) hosted deputies from Ukraine on 28 September.... Read More
Mexico was the deadliest country in the world for environmental and land rights activists in 2021, overtaking regional peer Colombia.... Read More
In late September Panama’s public security minister, Juan Manuel Pino, said that the number of irregular migrants to have entered Panama via the Darién Gap, a dense jungle bordering Colombia, had already exceeded the figure registered for the whole of 2021.... Read More
As the government led by President Daniel Ortega continues its crackdown on dissent and civil society, the Catholic Church has become one of the sectors most targeted.... Read More
The state of exception ordered by the government led by President Nayib Bukele back in March to address gang violence [SSR-22-05] has passed the six-month mark.... Read More
In early October the United Nations (UN) Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR), a panel of experts, concluded its consideration of the fourth periodic report of Guatemala.... Read More
Antigua & Barbuda must hold an election by March 2023, with the possibility that Prime Minister Gaston Browne could call it earlier, and so election fever is very much in the air.... Read More
A little over two years since President Chandrikapersad Santokhi of the  Vooruitstrevende Hervormingspartij (VHP) came to power at the head of a coalition government including Vice President Ronnie Brunswijk’s Algemene Bevrijdings-en Ontwikkelingspartij (Abop) party, the Nationale Partij Suriname (NPS), and the Pertjajah Luhur (PL), strains in the coalition are beginning to tell with the NPS threatening to pull out.... Read More

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