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Latin American Program in the News: Crimen organizado es un negocio en expansión

Juan Carlos Garzón

A publication authored by Latin American Program Global Fellow Juan Carlos Garzón is discussed in this article about the growth of organized crime in Latin America.

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"El crimen organizado ha ganado cada vez más terreno en América Latina. Tejiendo una red de poder entre mercados ilegales, la colaboración del Estado y una violencia masiva, la mafia es hoy considerada un negocio en expansión. La conclusión es del centro de investigación independiente internacional Woodrow Wilson Center, que divulgó un documento en el que da cuenta del funcionamiento de las facciones delictivas existentes en el continente."

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"Titulado “La rebelión de las redes criminales: el crimen organizado en América Latina y las fuerzas que lo modifican”, de autoría de Juan Carlos Garzón Vergara, en el estudio se señala que las redes criminales figuran hoy como actores estratégicos relevantes en el hemisferio sur, reconfigurando las fronteras territoriales, teniendo un fuerte papel en la economía y penetrando en las estructuras políticas y sociales. La mafia pondría en jaque los avances alcanzados en la construcción del Estado y del sistema democrático."

This article discusses a publication, "La rebelión de las redes criminales: el crimen organizado en América Latina y las fuerzas que lo modifican," authored by Latin American Program Global Fellow Juan Carlos Garzón. The bulletin introduces the concept of the "rebellion" of criminal networks to explain the current dynamic of and context within which organized crime operates. It also outlines the changes that have fostered the emergence of local markets for illegal drugs, and concludes with ten recommendatinos for addressing this challenge. 

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Juan Carlos Garzón

Juan Carlos Garzón

Global Fellow;
Security and Conflict Resolution Expert; Former Consultant, United Nations Development Program and Organization of American States
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Latin American Program

The Wilson Center’s prestigious Latin American Program provides non-partisan expertise to a broad community of decision makers in the United States and Latin America on critical policy issues facing the Hemisphere. The Program provides insightful and actionable research for policymakers, private sector leaders, journalists, and public intellectuals in the United States and Latin America. To bridge the gap between scholarship and policy action, it fosters new inquiry, sponsors high-level public and private meetings among multiple stakeholders, and explores policy options to improve outcomes for citizens throughout the Americas. Drawing on the Wilson Center’s strength as the nation’s key non-partisan forum, the Program serves as a trusted source of analysis and a vital point of contact between the worlds of scholarship and action.  Read more