Ecuador has become a critical front in the battle against criminal groups in Latin America. The country’s 36-year-old president, Daniel Noboa, has tried to exert authority by arresting thousands of people, pushing for a ‘war tax’ and calling for a referendum on security matters. Can he succeed? And how is the political landscape likely to evolve in the coming months? Our guest today is Maria Teresa Escobar, a journalist based in Quito. Currently a freelancer, she is one of the founders of the Ecuadorean news website Primicias.
On this episode:
Maria Teresa Escobar is a freelance journalist based in Quito
Brian Winter is the editor-in-chief of Americas Quarterly.
If you’d like to know more:
Ecuador’s Crisis: A Long Road Ahead by Sebastián Hurtado
Quiet Quitting the War on Drugs by Brian Winter
Ecuador’s Crime Wave and Its Albanian Connection by Carolina Andrade, Mac Margolis and Robert Mugah
Behind a Rise in Latin America’s Violent Crime, A Deadly Flow of Illegal Guns by Carina Solmirano
Tags: AQ Podcast, Crime, Crime and Security, Crime in Latin America, Daniel Noboa, economics, Ecuador