Weekly Security Digest - February 21, 2023,

Interfor International‘s Weekly Security Digest – February 21, 2023

Interfor’s Weekly Digest | Global Security and Policy Insights- February 21, 2023

Global Security Matters

Military Conflict 

Terrorism and Counterterrorism 

Travel Security 

  • Several researchers were taken hostage at gunpoint in Papua New Guinea (PNG). The hostages include local academics and an Australian professor on a study trip. While a larger group had initially been taken, many of them were released. It is unclear how many hostages remain, but a ransom has been demanded. Earlier in February, a New Zealand pilot was taken hostage by separatist fighters in Indonesia near the Papua region. 

Mass Shootings 

  • According to the Gun Violence Archive, 81 mass shootings  have been reported in the United States since the start of 2023. 
  • Multiple shootings have occurred since Friday, including:
    • At least one person killed and four injured in a shooting at Mardi Gras in New Orleans.
    • A shooting on a Chicago freeway left three people dead, including a baby, and three others wounded.
    • Two related shootings in Memphis left one man dead and ten others wounded. 
    • A shooting rampage in Arkabutla, Mississippi resulted in six dead in three locations. 


  • The U.S. Navy will no longer consider Covid-19 vaccination status when making decisions about sailor deployments – a reversal of more than a year of service policy.
  • China’s top leaders declared a “decisive victory” over Covid-19, claiming the world’s lowest fatality rate, although experts have questioned Beijing’s data.
  • California Governor Gavin Newsom is winding down state assistance for Covid-19 testing and vaccination for migrants seeking asylum.