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Security & Strategic Review - October 2021

LEADER
Hubert Minnis, the just-ousted prime minister of The Bahamas and leader of the defeated Free National Movement (FNM) government since May 2017, called the 16 September general election eight months before it was necessary despite the country still being in the grip of the economic and health crisis caused by the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic and despite his own strong support for, and promise to introduce, fixed term parliaments...
ANDEAN COUNTRIES
The disputed events surrounding the ousting of former president Evo Morales (2006-2019) and the ascension of his successor, Jeanine Áñez (2019-2020), is the wound that refuses to heal in Bolivian politics...
The designation of a new, 4.1m-hectare (ha) biosphere reserve in Peru’s Junín and Cusco regions by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) on 15 September was celebrated by the environment ministry as the missing piece in a “great belt of biosphere reserves” stretching from the central Pasco region to Madre de Dios, near the borders with Brazil and Bolivia...
The number of Venezuelan migrants to have fled their country’s simultaneous economic, social, and political crises since 2015 is now over 5.7m, according to figures released by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on 8 September...
BRAZIL & SOUTHERN CONE
Brazil’s federal congress revoked a controversial piece of legislation known as the Lei de Segurança Nacional (LSN), or national security law, on 10 August...
In late August, the city of Araçatuba in the west of São Paulo state was momentarily paralysed by a violent raid on several banks...
The Argentine government hosted a virtual High-Level Dialogue on Climate Action in the Americas on 8 September, an event held in the context of the upcoming United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) which will be hosted by the UK in Glasgow between 31 October-12 November...
A new report by the office of Chile’s national prosecutor confirms that the country is no longer merely a consumer or transit country for drugs, but has turned into a production centre for illegal narcotics...
MEXICO & USMCA
In early September new caravans of migrants left Tapachula municipality in the southern Mexican state of Chiapas, in an attempt to transit north through Mexico and eventually to gain entry into the US...
Mexico’s drug trafficking organisations (DTOs) appear to be in a constant state of evolution...
A new wave of floods and another earthquake have highlighted the need for Mexico to update its policy responses and step-up investment in natural disaster-resistant infrastructure...
CENTRAL AMERICA
In late August, Salvadorean investigative media El Faro published a report citing an investigation which found that the Nuevas Ideas (NI) government led by President Nayib Bukele had held negotiations in maximum-security prisons in 2020 with the country’s three main street gangs, the Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13), Barrio 18 Revolucionarios, and Barrio 18 Sureños. Just over a year earlier, the same media alleged that Bukele had held talks with MS-13 alone...
On 11 August Panama’s foreign minister Erika Mouynes hosted what she described as an unprecedented (virtual) meeting to discuss migration, involving foreign ministers from Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Chile, Ecuador, and Mexico as well as Peru’s deputy foreign minister and high-level representatives from Canada and the US...
On 16 September Costa Rica’s environment minister Andrea Meza and her Danish counterpart, Dan Jorgensen, announced the formation of the Beyond Oil and Gas Alliance (BOGA), a diplomatic initiative bringing together countries and jurisdictions that have ended licensing for new oil and gas exploration and production and are setting an end date for their production...
In recent weeks Nicaragua’s attorney general’s office has issued arrest orders for one of the country’s most prominent writers, Sergio Ramírez, and leading journalist Carlos Fernando Chamorro, the director of opposition media outlet Confidencial, (both in exile) on what are widely considered trumped-up charges...
CARIBBEAN
The discovery of large reserves of oil and gas off the coasts of Guyana and Suriname is proving to be a catalyst for greater international cooperation in north-east South America, not just between Guyana and Suriname but also potentially embracing Brazil and French Guiana...

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