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Podcast: Brazil’s Election: Why Aren’t There Better Choices?

Reading Time: < 1 minuteOn this edition of “Deep South” Ilona Szabo de Carvalho, Executive Director of Instituto Igarapé, discusses security concerns and upcoming elections in Brazil.
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The question of how to reduce violence will play a central role in Brazil’s October presidential election. Will voters opt for mano dura, in the form of retired Army captain Jair Bolsonaro, or will they choose a more comprehensive approach to fighting crime? In this episode of “Deep South,” Ilona Szabo, the cofounder and executive director of the Igarapé Institute, suggests that when it comes to security, Brazil is at a crossroads. “We think we are cordial as Brazilians; we are not,” Szabo said. “We have to take a look at ourselves and self-regulate.” Szabo joins AQ’s editor-in-chief Brian Winter to discuss how that might happen, and what the coming election could mean for reducing violence in Brazil and beyond. 

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