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Pandemic and Political Unrest in Brazil and Nicaragua

23 July 2020

As the global death toll from COVID-19 surpasses 600,000 (Johns Hopkins University, 23 July 2020), few states continue to downplay the severity of the crisis. Of the remaining holdouts, two are in Latin America: Brazil and Nicaragua. Since the beginning of the pandemic, the presidents of both countries have been condoning or explicitly supporting political…

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Central America and COVID-19: The Pandemic’s Impact on Gang Violence

29 May 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the socio-economic and political landscape in Central America – again revealing the degree to which criminal actors are intertwined with local, national, regional, and even global economies. New restrictions on mobility and business activity have forced gangs and cartels to adapt, with major consequences for security and stability. ACLED data…

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Research Hub: Mexican Gang Violence

29 April 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic is disrupting criminal economies across Central America, leading to violent competition between gangs and cartels. In Mexico, government statistics indicate that homicide rates have risen since the start of the country’s lockdown measures – claiming a higher death toll than the coronavirus (AP, 24 April 2020; New York Post, 27 April 2020).…

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