Overseas Security Advisory Council Daily New 3/14/2023


March 14, 2023

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


Malawians dig through mud for survivors; Mozambique says fallout from storm’s second landfall was worse than expected.

Cyclone Freddy, packing powerful winds and torrential rain, killed at least 70 people in Malawi and Mozambique on its return to southern Africa's mainland, authorities said Monday. In total, the storm has so far killed at least 97 people.

Nigeria's central bank will allow old bank notes to continue as legal tender until year-end to comply with a court order earlier this month, the bank said in a statement late on Monday, raising hopes this would ease acute cash shortages in the econo...

In Somalia multiple casualties have been reported following a suicide bombing in Bardhere in the southern Gedo region. A resident told VOA Somali that a car filled with explosives was detonated at a building in in the town’s center housing regional ...

Sudan has said it will host Russia’s first navy base in Africa, despite opposition from the West, as soon as the country completes a transition from military to civilian rule.

East Asia & Pacific

Myanmar's Shan State has experienced some of the fiercest fighting in an ongoing civil war At least 28 people were killed by the Myanmar army at a monastery in southern Shan State, an insurgent group said.

After 3 years of border restrictions, China is fully reopening to foreign visitors.

This is the latest of several weapons tests as the US and South Korea conduct their joint military drills in years


Wednesday, March 15th, marks the eighth day of strikes and protests in the ongoing battle between the French government and unions over pension reform. From planes and trains to schools and waste collection - here's what to expect.

Intense fighting continues in the Eastern Ukrainian city of Bakhmut as Moscow agrees to a 60-day grain deal extension and Finland considers sending Kyiv fighter jets.

The Black Sea grain deal that facilitates Ukrainian agricultural exports has been extended for 60 days, the TASS news agency cited Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko as saying on Tuesday.

Middle East & North Africa

All key elements of legislation to bring judiciary under near-complete political control now close to becoming law; as protests escalate, Herzog seeks ‘formula of balance and hope’

The value of the Lebanese pound on the parallel market is at a historic low as the country’s economic crisis continues.

South & Central Asia

An unexpected acceleration in India’s inflation in the last two months has reignited debate on data collection practices that ignore changes in the economy and rely on obsolete items for collecting prices.

Former Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan addresses a news conference after he was wounded following a shooting incident during a long march in Wazirabad, at the Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital & Research Centre in Lahore, Pakistan Novembe...

Two Pakistani policemen were killed while guarding teams collecting census data in separate attacks claimed by the local Taliban, police said Tuesday. The TTP, which is separate from the Afghan Taliban but has a similar Islamist ideology,

Western Hemisphere

Colombian President Gustavo Petro on Monday said the Clan del Golfo, the country's largest criminal organization, has broken a ceasefire and there is no possibility of negotiations with the group if they continue attacks.

In October, the United States proposed a resolution at the United Nations Security Council for the deployment of foreign troops into Haiti to assist its national police.

The Texas Department of Public Safety is urging the public against spring break vacations in Mexico amid the threat of kidnappings, crime and violence.

Consular Messages - Department of State travel advisories and alerts

Western Hemisphere

Published: March 10, 2023

Each year, thousands of U.S. citizens visit Mexico during spring break. While the vast majority travel safely, visitors should consider the following factors when planning their vacation or traveling throughout Mexico.

Events - Upcoming OSAC meetings, webinars, and training courses


Event Start Date: April 05, 2023

OSAC Tanzania Country Chapter Meeting

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 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


Tanzania Country Chapter Meeting

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.


Event Start Date: March 30, 2023

All OSAC Bulgaria Country Chapter members are invited to attend the Chapter's upcoming webinar, "How to Stop a Crisis," on March 30, 2023 at 3:00 PM Sofia local (EET).

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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