Attacks on Pakistani police indicate increased coordination among Taliban
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Attacks on Pakistani police indicate increased coordination among Taliban

By: Morgan Clasgens, Analyst, Asia Section Analytical Question: Current and projected state of the Pakistani Taliban The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for an attack on March 20, 2019, which killed six Pakistani police officers in the Balochistan region of Pakistan. This attack, along with the multiple other attacks carried out by the Pakistani Taliban this … Continue reading

Discovery of human remains indicates continuation of cartel violence in Mexico
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Discovery of human remains indicates continuation of cartel violence in Mexico

Recently, prosecutors in Mexico announced the discovery of 19 plastic bags containing human remains in the western state of Jalisco, an area already embroiled in cartel violence due to the dominant presence of the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG). This development indicates a probable continuation of the surging levels of violence that has gripped Mexico for more than a decade. Continue reading

Threats by warring sides indicate potential failure to reach peace in Yemen
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Threats by warring sides indicate potential failure to reach peace in Yemen

The Houthi rebels, a contender in the Yemeni civil war, have reportedly threatened to increase their use of violence against Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) if the Stockholm Agreement, a ceasefire that is in place at the port of Hudaydah, is breached by their adversaries. This threat could indicate a potential failure of the Stockholm Agreement in the port of Hudaydah due to rising escalations between the Houthi rebels and Saudi Arabia, as well as the provision of weaponry to the Houthi rebels by Iran. Continue reading

CIB officers present research at US Strategic Command conference
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CIB officers present research at US Strategic Command conference

CIB Latin America analyst and executive officer Joseph Cain, along with former CIB executive officers Eric Winter and Belle Griggs, traveled to the University of Nebraska in March to participate in the annual conference of the Deterrence and Assurance Academic Alliance (DAAA). Cain and Winter presented papers at the event, which was sponsored by the United States Strategic Command (STRATCOM), one of the Department of Defense’s ten unified commands. Continue reading

Conviction of Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzman signals uncertain future for Sinaloa cartel
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Conviction of Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzman signals uncertain future for Sinaloa cartel

Following his third and most recent arrest by Mexican authorities and his subsequent extradition to the United States, guilty verdicts were recently announced in the trial of Sinaloa cartel boss Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán Loera. While this individual conviction is significant for US and Mexican authorities, it is unclear whether the removal of Guzmán from the leadership of the Sinaloa cartel will significantly impact the group’s operational capacity or stability in the near term. Continue reading

CIB analysts present research at NCUR conference in Georgia
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CIB analysts present research at NCUR conference in Georgia

Two CIB analysts are among six students from Coastal Carolina University who have been selected to present their research at the National Council for Undergraduate Research (NCUR) conference in April. The researchers are Tyra Bjorlo, a CIB Executive Officer who heads the organization’s Transnational Issues Section and the Africa Desk, and Clara Comiskey, a longtime CIB Analyst who won the CIB’s prestigious “Best Essay Award” last December. Continue reading

CIB analysts present research at NCUR conference in Georgia
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CIB analysts present research at NCUR conference in Georgia

Two CIB analysts are among six students from Coastal Carolina University who have been selected to present their research at the National Council for Undergraduate Research (NCUR) conference in April. The researchers are Tyra Bjorlo, a CIB Executive Officer who heads the organization’s Transnational Issues Section and the Africa Desk, and Clara Comiskey, a longtime CIB Analyst who won the CIB’s prestigious “Best Essay Award” last December. Continue reading

Preparations underway for second summit between Trump and Kim
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Preparations underway for second summit between Trump and Kim

Despite a drastic reduction in tensions and increased dialogue between North Korea and the United States, North Korea has not taken any major steps in dismantling its nuclear weapons program since the leaders of both countries first met back in June of 2018. Now a second summit between US President Donald Trump and the Supreme Leader of North Korea Kim Jong Un is scheduled to take place between February 27 and 28. It could be stated with moderate confidence that this summit will not result in the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. Continue reading

Pending US Congress resolution may impact proxy war in Yemen
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Pending US Congress resolution may impact proxy war in Yemen

A War Powers Resolution limiting the United States’ aid in Saudi Arabia, a major contender in the Yemeni proxy war, has reportedly passed through the United States House of Representatives and is currently making its way through the Senate. If this resolution were to pass, it would indicate a possible deceleration for the proxy war in Yemen due to the degree of involvement that Saudi Arabia has in the war, with American assistance. Continue reading

CIB to meet Wednesdays 6:00 pm in spring 2019
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CIB to meet Wednesdays 6:00 pm in spring 2019

During regular academic semesters, members and supporters of the Chanticleer Intelligence Brief gather once a week to get to know each other, discuss current events and participate in fun activities, like the CIB weekly news trivia quiz. For the spring 2019 semester, the CIB Executive Team invites the organization’s membership and prospective membership to meet … Continue reading

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

Nearly 80 people gathered at the Myrtle Beach Education Center on the morning of Thursday, December 6, for the fifth 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

Longtime CIB member and Russia expert studies abroad in Kazakhstan
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Longtime CIB member and Russia expert studies abroad in Kazakhstan

Madison Nowlin first joined the CIB in the spring of 2016. Since that time, she has served the organization from multiple positions. As of September 12 of this year, Madison is studying International Relations at Narxoz University in Almaty, Kazakhstan, where she will be staying until December 18. We caught up with Madison via email and asked her a few questions about her current study-abroad experience. Continue reading

CIB executive is awarded prestigious US State Department internship
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CIB executive is awarded prestigious US State Department internship

Shannon Brophy, the CIB’s recruitment officer, will be spending the spring 2019 semester in the Sultanate of Oman as an intern with the United States Department of State. Shannon, a long-time member of the CIB, who currently heads the organization’s Middle East Desk, will join the US embassy in Oman’s capital, Muscat, as part of the US Department of State’s Student Internship Program. It is the first time that a Coastal Carolina University student has been awarded this highly competitive and prestigious US government internship. Continue reading

CIB executive is awarded prestigious US State Department internship
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CIB executive is awarded prestigious US State Department internship

Shannon Brophy, the CIB’s recruitment officer, will be spending the spring 2019 semester in the Sultanate of Oman as an intern with the United States Department of State. Shannon, a long-time member of the CIB, who currently heads the organization’s Middle East Desk, will join the US embassy in Oman’s capital, Muscat, as part of the US Department of State’s Student Internship Program. It is the first time that a Coastal Carolina University student has been awarded this highly competitive and prestigious US government internship. Continue reading