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The weekly briefing, 16 December 2013

Political and security risk updates from the Open Briefing intelligence unit. Municipal elections in Venezuela strengthen President Nicolás Maduro’s authority, recent purge is most significant North Korean political upheaval since Kim Jong-il’s death, Canada’s North Pole claim elicits aggressive responses, and more.

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Intelligence brief: What is the current status of missing US freelance journalist Austin Tice?

Open Briefing: It is highly likely that missing US journalist Austin Tice was captured by Syrian military forces and, if still alive, is likely still in government custody. However, it is impossible to assess with any confidence his current location or condition.

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