Overseas Security Advisory Council Daily News 3/3/2023


March 03, 2023

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


President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday said the era of French interference in Africa was "well over" as he began a four-nation tour of the continent to renew frayed ties. Anti-French sentiment runs high in some former African colonies as the continen...

The measure has been "suspended until further notice", the governorate said in a new statement late on Thursday, claiming that the rebels had just "killed a driver" and "looted all the goods". Since late October 2022, the M23 has seized large swathe...

The candidate who came third in Nigeria's presidential elections has vowed to prove in court that his supporters were "robbed" of victory.

Nigeria's Supreme Court has ruled that old banknotes remain legal tender until the end of the year, bringing relief to millions affected by a chaotic redesign of the naira notes.

East Asia & Pacific

Cambodia's most prominent opposition leader has been sentenced to 27 years under house arrest for treason. Kem Sokha, the former leader of the now-dissolved Cambodian National Rescue Party, has also been barred from standing or voting in elections.

Chinese and Taiwanese flags are seen in this illustration, August 6, 2022. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration

No deaths or injuries have been reported after the fire erupted at a redevelopment project in the densely populated Tsim Sha Tsui district Thursday night.


Greek railway workers extended their strike to a second day on Friday, and more protest rallies were planned, amid anger over a devastating train crash that killed at least 57, among them many university students.

The Justice Department sad that the scheme was uncovered as the United States has cracked down on illegal exports to Russia since it invaded Ukraine a year ago.

Prigozhin's men have spearheaded the assault in eastern Ukraine for months with Moscow regarding Bakhmut, which it calls by its Soviet-era name of Artyomovsk, as a useful stepping stone to seize bigger cities like Kramatorsk and Sloviansk.

Russia said on Friday it would take measures to prevent new border incursions, a day after accusing Ukraine-backed nationalists of killing two people in a cross-border raid in southern Russia.

Middle East & North Africa

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi on Friday blamed a wave of poisonings of hundreds of schoolgirls around the country on Tehran's enemies.

Gaza officials called for help to extinguish a fire that started in a landfill in a village bordering Israel on Thursday, saying it could last for days and cause "an environmental catastrophe".

European diplomats also visit scene of settler rampage, call on Israel to bring to justice those behind the attack on West Bank Palestinian town

South & Central Asia

It will also send a negative message to other countries and discourage foreign tourists from visiting Bangladesh's prime tourist destinations, the tour operators said

The Chhattisgarh unit of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) staged a demonstration near BJP state headquarters in Raipur on Monday to protest against arrest of Del

Days after seven Hindus were killed in a village in disputed Kashmir, hundreds of residents staged protests across the region's Hindu-dominated areas

Bondholders are bracing for a potential default by Pakistan as the beleaguered nation struggles to meet billions of dollars in debt repayments by June.

A six-member delegation of US Mission and International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) assured full cooperation to meet the capacity building requirements o

Western Hemisphere

A police officer has died and 79 others have been taken hostage in protests in Colombia's Caquetá province. Violence erupted on Thursday after residents blockaded the compound of the oil exploration company Emerald Energy,

A U.N. human rights groups said the government of Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega executed at least 40 people and ordered hospitals not to treat demonstrators wounded in antigovernment protests

OSAC Analysis Unclassified OSAC analytical reports and other resources


Published: March 03, 2023

OSAC reissued this Country Security Report (CSR) on March 3, 2023 as part of a periodic update.

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 ...

Middle East & North Africa

Published: March 01, 2023

As violence in the West Bank continues, OSAC will update the private sector as needed. Since our last report on Israel, tensions have worsened between Israelis and Palestinians. OSAC continues to support our previous assessment that as the security ...

Consular Messages - Department of State travel advisories and alerts


Location: Starting in Largo das Escolas and ending in Cidadela Desportiva. The march is expected to be nonviolent. Plan for blocked streets and higher than normal traffic in that area.


Event:  A protest is scheduled to take place in front of the Prime Minister Building. This protest has the potential to spread to surrounding streets causing traffic congestion, detours, and road closures. Protests can lead to possible violence.

Event:  Demonstration and rally expected, if held, to take place on March 4, 2023, between 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. to protest plans to institute mandatory enlisted service into Latvia's Armed Forces. 

Western Hemisphere

The U.S. Embassy in Costa Rica advises U.S. citizens of increasing levels of crime, particularly violent crime, in Costa Rica and specifically San Jose. For this reason, the Embassy would like to remind you of the importance of personal safety and s...

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.

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 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

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

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

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 03, 2023

All OSAC Barbados Chapter members are invited to attend an in-person meeting on Friday, March 3 at 14:00 Bridgetown local.

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