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

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Report indicates rise in piracy in Gulf of Guinea
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Report indicates rise in piracy in Gulf of Guinea

The 2018 maritime piracy report, which was recently released to the public, gives a detailed report on piracy incidents that happened in the past year. The data in the report points to a rise in piracy in some areas with a drop in others, but it is still too early to state with confidence if the war against maritime piracy is being won overall. 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

Sinaloa Kingpin Dámaso Núñes strikes deal with US federal prosecutors
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Sinaloa Kingpin Dámaso Núñes strikes deal with US federal prosecutors

Sinaloa cartel kingpin Dámaso López Núñes has struck a deal with United States federal officials and might agree to testify against Joaquín ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán in his upcoming trial. This important development adds to our assessment with high confidence that the Sinaloa Cartel is in decline because of the arrest of head kingpin El Chapo’, whose trial is about to begin. Continue reading

CIB analyst studies abroad in Japan
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CIB analyst studies abroad in Japan

In the spring of 2017, Julia Emory became the CIB’s first-ever Japan analyst. In August of 2017, a few months after undertaking her CIB research, Julia moved to Japan, where she studied for 10 months at Osaka Gakuin University. We spoke with Julia about her time in Japan and the connection between her stay there and her work for CIB. Continue reading

CIB to meet Wednesdays 6:00 pm in fall 2018
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CIB to meet Wednesdays 6:00 pm in fall 2018

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 quiz. For the fall 2018 semester, the CIB Executive Team invites the organization’s membership and prospective membership to meet every … Continue reading