There are several posts/articles on security and international relations in the Americas that are very much worth checking out.
- Over at LatIntelligence, Gabriela Aguilera provided a discussion of the military’s role in Ecuador and how it might shape electoral politics.
- Meanwhile, Brazil’s government, citing the need to protect its national natural resources, has pledged to increase its military presence in the Amazon.
- Guatemala’s government has declared a state of siege along its border with Mexico after citizens overtook an army outpost, angered at the murder of a local man.
- Interpol has launched a region-wide effort to combat piracy throughout the Americas, basing its decision upon a supposed connection between piracy and drug cartels.
- Adam Isaacson has a brief-but-important observation on distinguishing the tone/words of different US officials who recently spoke out about Iran’s relations with Latin America.
- Finally, the Inter-American Dialogue recently held a working group on “China in Latin America: Unitary actor or ‘fragmented authoritarian’ state?” with a focus on how Chinese commercial interests are operating in Latin America and what that might mean for both China and Latin America going forward.