OSAC Daily Newsletter - May 25, 2023


May 25, 2023


2023 OSAC Annual Briefing - Call for Proposals

To provide a 2023 OSAC Annual Briefing experience that is both operationally and strategically useful, OSAC Full-Access members are invited to submit up to three session proposals for breakout room content.

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


Chad's president on Wednesday pardoned a new wave of 67 people convicted of taking part in a bloody protest on October 20, 2022, and 11 others for a foiled "coup" in December, according to N'Djamena.

Anti-government protests and violent clashes with security forces gain momentum over frustrations with military leaders overseeing a promised return to democratic rule.

Kenya Kwanza has termed the decision by Azimio to suspend bipartisan talks as “premature” saying there were no irreconcilable differences between the two sides.

At least 17 people have died in a cholera outbreak in the Hammanskraal township outside South Africa's capital, Pretoria, authorities said Wednesday.

Sporadic clashes between Sudan's army and a powerful paramilitary force spilled over into Thursday, puncturing the relative calm in the capital Khartoum and raising the risk that a week-long truce would crumble.

East Asia & Pacific

As immunity from the last big wave of infections wanes with the new XBB coronavirus variants, China braces for a new surge of covid cases.

The state backed group, "Volt Typhoon," is working to disrupt communications in case of a future crisis, Microsoft said.

The South Korean and U.S. militaries were set to begin massive live-fire drills near the border with North Korea on Thursday, despite the North’s warning that it won’t tolerate what it calls such a hostile invasion rehearsal on its doorstep.


On 25 May, an agreement was signed in Minsk on the procedure for the deployment of Russian tactical nuclear weapons in Belarus. Source: Belta Details: The agreement was signed by Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and his Belarusian counterpart ...

The French government plans to move homeless people out of Paris ahead of the 2024 Olympic Games in the capital, sparking criticism from some mayors of regional towns and villages which are expected to house them.

German police raided 15 properties linked to the Last Generation climate activist group Wednesday, seizing assets as part of an investigation into its finances

When Russia invaded Ukraine, companies were quick to respond, some announcing they would get out of Russia immediately

The Wagner chief claimed on Saturday that the small industrial city in Ukraine's eastern Donetsk region had fallen to his forces.

A new “revolution” could rock Russia if its stuttering war effort in Ukraine continues, the chief of private military group Wagner has said, in a scathing assessment of Moscow’s military readiness

A record number of people migrated to Britain last year, official figures showed Thursday, putting pressure on the UK government which has made the issue a political touchstone.

Middle East & North Africa

A ship that was grounded in the Suez Canal, has been been refloated, shipping agent Leth Agencies says.

Iran unveiled on Thursday what it called the latest iteration of its liquid-fueled Khorramshahr ballistic missile amid wider tensions with the West over its nuclear program.

South & Central Asia

Despite promising a season of political freedoms, the authorities in Kazakhstan are cracking down on opposition activists as hard as ever

President of Kyrgyzstan Sadyr Japarov has invited foreign companies to participate in the construction of small and medium-sized hydroelectric power

Pakistan is considering banning former Prime Minister Imran Khan's party for attacking the state, the defence minister said on Wednesday, a decision likely to enrage his supporters and exacerbate his confrontation with the military establishment.

Western Hemisphere

Cuba’s most recent fuel shortage has crippled an already fragile economy, but it is hitting rural villages particularly hard, with residents resorting to coal fires to cook their food, scrambling to find transport to take them to work and spending d...

Ecuador's President Guillermo Lasso on Wednesday described coming early elections as an opportunity to unite the country as it grapples with gang violence and political instability after Lasso dissolved the legislature earlier in May.

A former Guatemalan colonel has confessed to assisting the Jalisco Cartel New Generation in trafficking cocaine, which confirms allegations of Guatemalan military members providing logistical support to yet another Mexican drug trafficking group.

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador's increasing attacks on adversaries and interventions in the economy are part of a calculated drive to cement his legacy and consolidate support for his successor in an election next year.

Federal officials say more than 200 patients could be at risk of fungal meningitis after having surgical procedures at clinics in a Mexico border city.

OSAC Analysis Unclassified OSAC analytical reports and other resources

East Asia & Pacific

Published: May 19, 2023

OSAC reissued this Country Security Report (CSR) on May 19, 2023 to update the sections on Crime, Road Safety, and Health Concerns.

Western Hemisphere

Published: May 19, 2023

Many expected disorder following the expiration of Title 42 on May 11, however, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) reported a 50% decrease in border encounters and relative calm along the border in the days since. While record numbers of...

Events - Upcoming OSAC meetings, webinars, and training courses


Join OSAC WiS for a one day Summer Seminar in Broomfield, Colorado on on June 16!

Middle East & North Africa

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

Western Hemisphere

OSAC’s Latin America Regional Committee invites all OSAC members to participate in a virtual discussion on Wednesday, June 7 from 2:00-3:00 PM ET that will provide a political and economic analysis of South America with specific focus on the Souther...

Event Start Date: June 01, 2023

All OSAC Mexico City Chapter members and full-access members are invited to attend OSAC Mexico City's Chapter relaunch on 1 June from 12:00-20:00 local.

Event Start Date: June 14, 2023

OSAC's Europe Regional Committee (ERC) and Cybersecurity Sector Committee (CSC) invite all ERC and CSC members to save the date of Wednesday, June 14, 2023 for their upcoming joint Summer Conference in New York City, NY at the John Jay College of Cr...

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