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The Rot Within: Security and Corruption in Latin America

Mark Ungar

An article in the Winter 2013 issue of the journal Social Research, written by former Fellow Mark Ungar, cites two Latin American Program publications on organized crime, one written by Global Fellow Juan Carlos Garzón in 2008 and another edited by Garzón and Associate Director Eric Olson in 2013.

Former Fellow Mark Ungar's article "The Rot Within: Security and Corruption in Latin America" appeared in the Winter 2013 issue of Social Research.  In the article, Ungar examines the contradiction between a global movement towards democracy, which would be expected to decrease corruption, and the challenges posed by violence and insecurity, which can have the opposite effect. Ungar examines insecurity's role in corruption, including the ways in which corruption can create bonds between state and non-state security issues.

The entire article can be found here via Ebscohost.

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Mark Ungar

Mark Ungar

Former Fellow;
Associate Professor, Brooklyn College- City University of New York
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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