Regional Insights

The 21st Century Latin American Military: Climate Change and the Future of HA/DR Operations

Publication Date:
April 2022
Language Availability:
English
Author:
Wilder Alejandro Sanchez
 

The Colombia Coca Bloom, the Mexican Heroin Surge, and the Fentanyl Crisis

Publication Date:
March 2022
Language Availability:
English
Authors:
David Chang, Patrick Paterson
 

A Network Response to the Threat of Drug Trafficking in Chile

Publication Date:
September 2021
Language Availability:
Spanish
Author:
Pilar Lizana Toresano
 

The Creation of a TIAR 21 to Combat Illegal Fishing in Latin America

Publication Date:
July 2021
Language Availability:
Spanish
Author:
Wilder Alejandro Sanchez
 

The Impact of COVID-19 on the Economy, Security and Transnational Organized Crime in the Americas

Publication Date:
October 2020
Language Availability:
English, Spanish
Author:
Celina Realuyo

 


Latin America and the Caribbean have been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, becoming the world’s new epicenter, with 8,430,031 confirmed cases and 317,997 deaths as of September 17, 2020, according to the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University. Latin American leaders including Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, Bolivian Interim President Jeanine Añez, Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei, and Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández have all tested positive for COVID-19. 

COVID-19 will have a detrimental impact on the health, economy, budgets and security of the region. Prior to the pandemic, Latin America and the Caribbean were already facing slow growth, indebtedness, inequality, inadequate healthcare, corruption, transnational organized crime, migration crises and social protests. Governments will be hard pressed to provide and finance the services necessary for the medical and socio-economic recovery from the pandemic. Meanwhile, transnational criminal organizations will capitalize on governments’ preoccupation with COVID-19 to diversify and expand their activities that will likely result in more violence, instability and challenges to governance throughout the Americas. The US must strive to remain the “partner of choice” in the region by bolstering efforts to assist its neighbors in promoting health, prosperity and security in the Hemisphere during the pandemic and beyond.

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