Brazil & the Southern Cone

The Inter-American Dialogue’s work in the Southern Cone examines opportunities and challenges facing Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay, and Chile. Issues include energy, finance, economics and trade, the environment, and international relations. 


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Crews from the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Waesche offload nearly 660 kilograms of narcotics

The Pandemic is Disrupting Organized Crime, But Not Necessarily for the Better

Covid-19 is transforming organized crime. In addition to heightening the risk of violence, the pandemic is also indirectly strengthening the social, economic, and political clout of several criminal organizations in the same way that the Italian mafia and Japanese Yakuza emerged stronger after the great dislocations of the Second World War. Crime kingpins know full well that law enforcement and criminal justice systems are overstretched, and that prisons are bursting at the seams. They also know that an economic depression is coming, which may increase the risk of violence. It is not entirely clear if governments are similarly alert.


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[The Peru-Brazil Railway] requires a lot of financing and it’s not begun to be constructed, and there are plenty of reasons to not begin it. When you look at the various risk factors, those are the kinds of projects most likely to fail now.