Newsletter: Intellifusion


Friday 1st October 2021

Hi Dhananjaya,

Here’s your weekly rundown of the global security landscape, highlighting key incidents that have taken place from each region in the last seven days;

MIDDLE EAST & ASIA

Thailand

Two police personnel were killed and four others were wounded by a roadside IED in tambon Chang Phueak of the Chanae district. A large IED made using a cooking gas cylinder was used in the attack and was planted underneath the road in a sewer pipe, allegedly causing a vehicle targeted in the blast to land 40 meters away from the crater.

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NORTH AMERICA

United States

Women’s rights protesters are set to hold nationwide demonstrations in major cities across the United States on Saturday. Activists are calling on the Supreme Court, which reconvenes on Monday, to overturn the 2nd September ruling by the Texas Senate to ban abortions after six weeks and enable legal action against those who conduct them.

Demonstrations are expected to occur in towns and cities across all 50 states, notably in Washington D.C., New York, Chicago and San Francisco, where an increased police presence and road closures are expected. The event will be the first held by the Women’s March group since it was founded during the Trump presidency to oppose perceived misogyny.

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AFRICA

Democratic Republic of Congo

On the 26th September, the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) made an incursion in the village of Makayanga near Komanda, approximately 63 km west of Bunia, the capital of Ituri Province. The Congolese armed forces claimed that the attackers were FPIC/Mai-Mai Chini ya Kilima rebels. However, MONUSCO, the UN peacekeeping mission, stated that the attackers were ADF militants and that one militant was killed and a dozen were captured. The attack caused many to flee Komanda. Suspected ADF militants also made an incursion in Mangiva village, northeast of Makayanga, on the 28th September.

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SOUTH AMERICA

Colombia, Ecuador, and Panama

This week the United States sent a delegation to Colombia, Ecuador and Panama to discuss the international infrastructure investment initiative known as Build Back Better World (B3W). First announced at the G7 summit in June, B3W comes in response to China’s multi-trillion-dollar Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and promises to be more transparent and sustainable. The U.S. delegation has been tasked with scouting Latin America for potential flagship projects, which are planned to be announced next year. The projects are expected to focus on climate, health, digital technology and gender equality. Some examples mentioned by the White House include water treatment facilities in El Salvador or investments in women-owned businesses in Brazil.

So far, 19 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean have signed up to China’s BRI. Currently, 54% of BRI participants in the region aim to maintain or increase their involvement, while 24% express dissatisfaction with the initiative. With large infrastructure needs persisting across the region, the U.S. delegation can expect a warm welcome.

EUROPE

Sweden

At least 24 people were injured when an explosive device was detonated against an apartment building in Övre Husargatan, Gothenburg, on the 28th September. The detonation led to a significant fire in the building, with three women seriously injured, a further three people hospitalised with moderate injuries and at least 18 others suffering minor injuries that required hospital treatment.

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