Security & Strategic Review - March 2023

Distressing images of emaciated indigenous Yanomami people came to light in January, shocking Brazil and the world.... Read More
By the time the third candidate was gunned down ahead of Ecuador’s provincial and municipal elections, there was little denying that the country’s surging drug war had meshed with politics.... Read More
NGOs in Venezuela have warned that they face an existential threat from a government bill that would place stringent controls on the sector.... Read More
Bolivia’s left-wing Movimiento al Socialismo (MAS), which has ruled the country with near hegemonic status for much of the past 17 years, is now at a crossroads.... Read More
The feeling in Uruguay that crime and insecurity are worsening has been confirmed by numbers.... Read More
Paraguay will hold a general election and pick a new president for a five-year term on 30 April.... Read More
The crackdowns that some Central American governments are waging on street gangs are potentially driving gang-related crime in Mexico.... Read More
Berlin-based NGO Transparency International (TI) released its 2022 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) on 31 January.... Read More
Protesters in the town of Aquila in Mexico’s southwestern Michoacán state brought operations to a halt at an iron mine owned by a local subsidiary of the international steel manufacturer Ternium on 22 January.... Read More
At least eight human rights defenders (HRDs) have been killed since the start of the year in northern Honduras, in the Bajo Aguán Valley, the site of long-running conflicts between peasant farmers and large landowners.... Read More
President Nayib Bukele recently trumpeted the acknowledgement by some of his leading critics that the state of emergency in place since late March 2022 to crack down on gangs, has succeeded in dismantling the presence of gangs in the country.... Read More
The latest Global Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI), by Berlin-based anti-corruption NGO Transparency International (TI), released on 31 January, revealed that Costa Rica had dropped four points since 2021, receiving its second-lowest rating ever - the most significant drop of any country in the region.... Read More
When Suriname’s President Chandrikapersad Santokhi took office on 13 July 2020, he was welcomed by a downgrading of Suriname to “selective default” by the ratings agencies Fitch and Standard & Poor’s.... Read More
On 6 February, Barbados hosted the first regional launch of the United Nations’ Early Warnings for All Initiative (EW4ALL).... Read More

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