Politics, Business & Culture in the Americas

AQ Podcast: How Organized Crime Is Changing In Latin America

An overview of the security landscape in the region, including how organized crime is pushing into previously calm countries
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Organized crime has shaped people’s lives in places like Mexico, Colombia and Brazil for decades. Recently, historically calmer places like Chile, Ecuador and even Uruguay have started seeing a rise in violence. What is driving this trend? In this episode, we do a broad overview of what’s happening in transnational crime in the region and look at the individual dynamics in a number of countries. Our guest is Jeremy McDermott, one of the founders of InSight Crime, a think tank and publication that produces in-depth reports and analysis on international crime in Latin America.

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Jeremy McDermott is co-director and co-founder of InSight Crime

Luiza Franco is editor and podcast producer at Americas Quarterly

Supplemental Reading:

As Argentina’s Economy Sputters, Security Concerns Shape Its Campaign by Nick Burns

Nayib Bukele’s Growing List of Latin American Admirers by Will Freeman

WEBCAST: How Organized Crime Is Evolving in Mexico & Central America

Organized Crime in Times of COVID: a special report

Book review: Dangerous Liaisons: Organized Crime and Political Finance in Latin America and Beyond

Tags: AQ Podcast, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Crime, Drug Trafficking, Ecuador, El Salvador, Mexico, Nayib Bukele, Peru
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