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CIB holds its fourth symposium at the Myrtle Beach Education Center
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CIB holds its fourth symposium at the Myrtle Beach Education Center

Nearly 60 people gathered at the Myrtle Beach Education Center on the morning of Thursday, April 26, for the fourth Chanticleer Intelligence Brief Symposium. The event featured timely updates about some of the world’s most critical hot spots by a panel of CIB Analysts. It was held in conjunction with the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Coastal Carolina University, and supported by the Edwards College of Humanities and Arts at CCU. Continue reading

Fifth CIB Banquet celebrates semester’s hard work
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Fifth CIB Banquet celebrates semester’s hard work

Members of the Chanticleer Intelligence Brief (CIB) met for the culmination of the semester on April 25, to recognize the hard work of officers, analysts and members, and to renew their pledge to make the organization even stronger in the coming year. This was the fifth CIB Banquet, in the tradition of the group’s first-ever banquet, which was held in May of 2016. As always, the event featured free food provided to all CIB members, which was enjoyed in a relaxed atmosphere. Continue reading

Trump proposes meeting Putin despite tit-for-tat diplomatic expulsions
Analysis

Trump proposes meeting Putin despite tit-for-tat diplomatic expulsions

United States President Donald Trump has extended an invitation to Russian President Vladimir Putin to meet in Washington in the near future, despite the mutual expulsion of diplomats between the two countries. The possibility of a summit may point to alleviating tensions caused by the poisoning of Russian former spy Sergei Skripal in Britain, which prompted the expulsion of Russian diplomats from the US. While the outcome of a potential summit remains uncertain, we believe with high confidence that the US economic sanctions on Russia will stay in place throughout 2018. Continue reading

Rising violence in Mexico prompts US travel restrictions
Analysis

Rising violence in Mexico prompts US travel restrictions

Intensifying violence along Mexico’s Caribbean coast has led the United States to prohibit government personnel from traveling to Playa del Carmen4. The increase in violence is supportive of the concept that Mexican drug cartels are battling for territory, and while it would be premature to attribute the most recent security threat to a particular cartel, it is with high confidence we believe the Jalisco New Generation Cartel to be the most powerful drug cartel in Mexico. Continue reading

Al-Shabaab uses international aid money to fund its operations
Analysis

Al-Shabaab uses international aid money to fund its operations

A United Nations investigation has revealed that portions of aid money from international partners, including the United States, given by the UN to people displaced by conflict and famine in Somalia, are ending up in the hands of al-Shabaab. This reinforces our belief, with high confidence, that al-Shabaab is in a general state of resurgence in southern Somalia due to the declining influence of international aid in the Horn of Africa. Continue reading

US-Cuba relations remain tense amid release of new medical study
Analysis

US-Cuba relations remain tense amid release of new medical study

he United States Department of State recently released a medical study concerning US government personnel stationed at the American Embassy in Havana, who experienced a wide array of neurological ailments in 2016 and 2017. The study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), reinforces our belief that relations between the US and Cuba will not improve in 2018. This is largely due to the decreasing level of trust between Washington and Havana regarding the health and safety of US diplomatic personnel stationed in the Cuban capital. Continue reading