Overseas Security Advisory Council Daily News 3/11/2023

 

March 11, 2023

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

Africa

As extremist violence in West Africa’s Sahel region spreads south toward coastal states, the United States military has launched its annual military training exercise which will help armies contain th

Congo's military said Thursday at least 36 people were killed by extremists in the country's conflict-riddled east

Secretary of State Antony Blinken will travel to Ethiopia and Niger next week as the Biden administration accelerates a push to engage with Africa to counter China’s growing influence on the continent,

East Asia & Pacific

CNN's Nada Bashir breaks down the significance of Iran and Saudi Arabia's deal to restore diplomatic ties after years of hostilities.

MOUNT MERAPI, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia’s Mount Merapi erupted Saturday with avalanches of searing gas clouds and lava, forcing authorities to halt tourism and mining activities on the slopes of the country’s most active volcano. Merapi, on the ...

Europe

France faced a seventh day of demonstrations on Saturday against President Emmanuel Macron's unpopular pension reform plans amid ongoing rolling strikes which have affected refineries, public transport and garbage collections.

Hundreds of Dutch farmers carrying flags and banners began gathering in The Hague on Saturday for a protest against government plans to limit nitrogen emissions, a policy they say will spell the end of many farms.

Middle East & North Africa

CNN's Nada Bashir breaks down the significance of Iran and Saudi Arabia's deal to restore diplomatic ties after years of hostilities.

Yemen’s warring sides began talks Saturday aimed at implementing a U.N.-brokered deal on a prisoner exchange, the United Nations said. The discussions between Yemen’s internationally recognized government and the Houthi rebels are talking place in S...

South & Central Asia

A blast hit the capital of Afghanistan's northern Balkh province on Saturday, police said, days after an explosion claimed by Islamic State killed the province's governor.

India has told Pakistan that it desires normal neighbourly relations with Islamabad in an environment free of terror, hostility and violence. Zardari said "while we do find it difficult to get the truth across,

Western Hemisphere

When rioters stormed Brazil’s top government buildings in January to dispute the outcome of the presidential election, many soldiers stood by as far-right protesters broke windows, defecated in offices and destroyed valuable art.

Relatives mourn victims during a mass after the deadliest clashes in anti-government protests against Peru's President Dina Boluarte, in Juliaca, Peru February 9, 2023. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares

Consular Messages - Department of State travel advisories and alerts

East Asia & Pacific

Published: March 10, 2023

Reissued with updates to COVID-19 information. Reconsider travel to the People’s Republic of China (PRC), including the Special Administrative Regions (SARs) of Hong Kong and Macau due to arbitrary enforcement of local laws. See specific risks an...

Europe

Event: A protest is planned for Sunday, March 12 at 1:00 PM in downtown Chisinau, near Parliament. Additional police presence and traffic congestion in the area is expected due to street closures associated with the protest. A section of Ștefan cel ...

Events - Upcoming OSAC meetings, webinars, and training courses

Global

OSAC Bogota Country Chapter members are invited to a hybrid meeting at the U.S. Embassy at 9:00 AM local (10:00 AM Eastern) on March 15, 2023.

Event Start Date: April 26, 2023

The U.S. Embassy in Lilongwe invites you to attend U.S. Department of State’s Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) Country Chapter meeting, on Wednesday, April 26, 2023, from 9am to 10:30am at Farmer’s Daughter Café.

All Full Access OSAC members are invited to participate in OSAC's 1.5 day intensive "Topical Forum" on mitigating and managing the threats most impacting U.S. organizations operating around the world today May 9-10, 2023 at the US Department of Stat...

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.

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 28, 2023

OSAC Phnom Penh country chapter members are invited to attend a chapter meeting at the US Embassy on 28 March from 3:30 - 5:30p local.

Event Start Date: March 29, 2023

OSAC Tokyo country chapter members are invited to a meeting at the Disney Ambassador Hotel from 3-5p local on 29 March.

Event Start Date: March 29, 2023

Join the Japan Country Chapter for our first in-person OSAC meeting in several years. During this kickoff meeting we will introduce the Japan Country Chapter Team and formulate OSAC priorities for the rest of 2023.

Event Start Date: March 15, 2023

OSAC Port Moresby Country Chapter members are invited to an in-person (hybrid TBC) meeting on 15 March 2023 from 1000 - 1200 local at the US Embassy Compound.

Event Start Date: April 20, 2023

OSAC Manila country chapter members are invited to attend a meeting on 20 April 2023.

Event Start Date: April 17, 2023

All OSAC Vietnam Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh members are invited to an in-person meeting on 17 April 2023 from 0830 - 1000a local.

Europe

Event Start Date: March 15, 2023

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

Middle East & North Africa

The OSAC Middle East and North Africa Regional Committee (MENA RC) will hold its 9th annual conference May 31 - June 1 on the campus of NYU Abu Dhabi.

Event Start Date: March 15, 2023

The OSAC community is invited to attend a virtual meeting of the OSAC Algeria-Algiers Chapter on Wednesday, March 15 at 3:30pm Algiers local.

Event Start Date: March 16, 2023

OSAC Bahrain - Manama Chapter will hold a Formal Network Gathering on Thursday, March 16 at 1:00pm local time (7:00am ET).

Event Start Date: March 16, 2023

The OSAC Egypt - Cairo Chapter will meet at 1:00pm on Thursday, March 16, 2023.

Event Start Date: March 22, 2023

The OSAC Iraq-Baghdad Chapter will meet in-person on Wednesday, March 22.

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

Event Start Date: March 16, 2023

OSAC Recife country chapter members are invited to a meeting + Happy Hour at the U.S. Consulate from 4:30-7:30 PM local on March 16, 2023.

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