Overseas Security Advisory Council Daily News 3/1/2023


March 01, 2023

Today's Headlines OSAC's daily selection of global security news


East African leaders urged all non-state armed groups to withdraw from territory they occupy in eastern Congo by March 30. The withdrawal was intended to take place in three stages, with the initial phase to begin on February 28.

Proposals to change Mali's constitution to enable the military-run West African nation to return to civilian rule would bolster the president's powers and reduce the status of the French language, according to a draft seen by AFP.

Effects of the war are still being felt in one of the world’s poorest countries as inflated prices eat into budgets.

Nigeria's ruling party candidate, Bola Tinubu, was declared president-elect of Africa's most populous nation in the early hours of Wednesday after a weekend election that the main opposition parties have disputed.

KHARTOUM, Feb 28 (Reuters) - A Sudanese protester was killed on Tuesday after being shot in the chest during a demonstration against military rule, the Central Committee of Sudanese Doctors said in a statement.

East Asia & Pacific

China's annual parliament opens on Sunday and will implement the biggest government reshuffle in a decade as Xi Jinping tightens control while contending with a host of challenges, from an uneven post-COVID economic recovery to cratering U.

Taiwan's defence ministry said on Wednesday it had spotted 19 Chinese air force planes in its air defence zone in the past 24 hours, part of what Taipei calls regular harassment by Beijing.

Tropical Cyclone Judy has swept through Vanuatu in the Pacific islands bringing heavy rain and strong winds, and requiring the evacuation of some residents from the capital, Port Vila. Moving south, the Category 3 cyclone was located north of Port V...


Two trains collided in central Greece late on Tuesday and rescue teams were evacuating passengers after at least two carriages caught fire, the fire brigade said.

EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell has said that “more work is needed” and that the two countries' leaders would meet again next month.

On Tuesday in Chisinau, demonstrations called for government subsidies for winter energy bills.

NATO 's deputy secretary-general has said Moldova would not be "weak militarily" despite its neutral status, should Moscow attempt to attack the former Soviet state. Mircea Geoană, speaking to a

Russia's Defense Ministry on Tuesday accused Ukraine of launching a spate of attempted drone strikes targeting infrastructure deep inside Russia, including near the capital, after a fire broke out at

President Tayyip Erdogan indicated on Wednesday that elections will be held on May 14, sticking to his previous plan for the vote with a date just over three months after a devastating earthquake killed more than 45,

Middle East & North Africa

Egypt will again use daylight saving time this summer after a seven-year gap, the cabinet said on Wednesday, the latest in a series of government efforts to save energy.

Iran could make enough fissile for one nuclear bomb in "about 12 days," a top U.S. Defense Department official said on Tuesday, down from the estimated one year it would have taken while the 2015 Iran nuclear deal was in effect.

Weeks of anti-government protests in Israel turned violent on Wednesday for the first time as police fired stun grenades and a water cannon at demonstrators who blocked a Tel Aviv highway. The crackdown came shortly after Israel’s hard-line security...

South & Central Asia

Police officers hold their weapons during a training session at the Elite Police Training Centre in Nowshera, Pakistan, February 10, 2023. Newly graduated police officers are trained at the vast Elite Police Training Center for six months,

Sri Lankan workers went on strike Wednesday in defiance of a government ban to protest a rescue plan for the bankrupt island nation, forcing the closure of hospitals, banks and ports.Electricity workers and bank tellers were also on strike while doc...

Western Hemisphere

An independent review found that China, Russia and Iran tried to interfere in the 2019 and 2021 votes, but that the elections’ integrity was not compromised.

A Guatemalan judge ordered the investigation Tuesday of nine journalists from a newspaper whose president, a prominent government critic, has already been jailed on various charges since last year.

American electric car maker Tesla will invest about $5 billion in a massive new factory in the northern Mexican city of Monterrey, a senior government official said Tuesday.Earlier Tuesday, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador announced tha...

Peru's government announced on Tuesday the launch of more than 30 public-private projects worth nearly $9 billion, hoping to revive the economy hit by violent anti-government protests.

OSAC Analysis Unclassified OSAC analytical reports and other resources

East Asia & Pacific

Published: February 27, 2023

Two years after Burma’s military removed the country’s civilian-led government in a coup on February 1, 2021, the security situation in the country has deteriorated significantly. The military-appointed de facto authorities have maintained a hold ov...

Published: February 28, 2023

Following historic rains and a once-in-a-generation cyclone, the issue of climate security in New Zealand has come to the fore. The severity of recent weather events, subsequent infrastructure damage, and frequency of transportation disruptions all ...


Published: February 23, 2023

This is OSAC Ukraine situation report is released on the eve of the one-year anniversary of Russia’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine on February 24, 2022. It highlights pertinent health, safety, security, and logistical information to aid OSAC member...

Consular Messages - Department of State travel advisories and alerts


Event: A protest is planned for Tuesday, February 28 at 12:30 PM in downtown Chisinau, near City Hall.  Additional police presence and traffic congestion in the area is expected due to street closures associated with the protest.  A section of Ștefa...

Middle East & North Africa

U.S. government employees and their family members have been temporarily restricted from any travel to the West Bank after 8:00PM.

South & Central Asia

Multiple unions, associations, and groups have called for strikes and protests today (March 1, 2023). These protests are expected to begin from around 10 AM. Some of the protests could be large, but currently appear to be focused on the relevant o...

Events - Upcoming OSAC meetings, webinars, and training courses


All OSAC Members are invited to attend the Malabo Chapter Reception on 14 March at the Magno Suites Hotel and Restaurant.

The OSAC Academia Sector Committee cordially invites all ASC members to attend the Spring Health, Safety, & Security Seminar hosted by Vanderbilt University, April 13 - 14.

Event Start Date: March 01, 2023

All OSAC Somalia Chapter members are invited to attend meeting on Wednesday, 01MAR23 at 1300 local time. The meeting will focus local and regional ATFP issues and include a presentation from HALO Trust.

The OSAC Africa Regional Committee cordially invites all Full-Access Members to attend a two-and-a-half day conference hosted at the Hilton Sandton in Johannesburg, South Africa.

The OSAC Energy Sector Committee (ESC) invites all ESC members to attend the upcoming ESC Spring Meeting at ExxonMobil Houston Campus in Spring, Texas on March 22 - 23, 2023.

The Europe Regional Committee (ERC) in partnership with the OSAC United Kingdom Country Chapter will be delivering a half day Crisis Management Workshop for Young Professionals in London on Wednesday, March 29, 2023. A full day Spring Conference and...

Event Start Date: March 29, 2023

East Asia & Pacific

All OSAC Pan-Asia Regional Committee (PARC) members are invited to attend the "Bouncing Back: Security in 2023 & Beyond" PARC Summit on April 26 - 27, 2023 at Bloomberg in Singapore.

Event Start Date: March 09, 2023

OSAC Perth Country Chapter members are invited to an in-person meeting on 09 March from 0900-1130 am local.


Event Start Date: March 15, 2023

Please join the OSAC Germany for a country chapter meeting on March 15, 2023.

Event Start Date: March 01, 2023

OSAC Milan - Italy Chapter will hold a hybrid Country Chapter Kickoff Meeting on Wednesday, March 1 at 9:00am local time.

Middle East & North Africa

Event Start Date: March 15, 2023

The OSAC Iraq-Baghdad Chapter will meet in-person on Wednesday, March 15.

South & Central Asia

All OSAC Pan-Asia Regional Committee (PARC) members are invited to attend the "Bouncing Back: Security in 2023 & Beyond" PARC Summit on April 26 - 27, 2023 at Bloomberg in Singapore.

Western Hemisphere

OSAC's Latin America Regional Committee (LARC) invites all members to save the date for the LARC's Spring Conference in Miami, FL from March 7-9.

Event Start Date: March 06, 2023

Join OSAC Bahamas for a Chapter Revitalization meeting on Monday, March 6 at 3:00 PM ET!

Event Start Date: March 02, 2023

All OSAC Barbados Chapter members are invited to attend an in-person meeting on Thursday, March 2 at 14:00 Bridgetown local.

Event Start Date: March 01, 2023

Please join the OSAC Council for a webinar on "How to Stop a Crisis" led by Michelle Newcome on 01 March 2023 at 11 a.m. ET.

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