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The Nexus between Crime and Politics in Latin America

April 27, 2023


What does growing criminal involvement in politics and in both licit and illicit markets portend for democracy and peace in Latin America? In this series, experts analyze a range of criminal organizations and networks and their efforts to monopolize markets, coerce citizens, and coopt public officials. The series shows criminal groups’ often ambiguous and varying role as purveyors of violence and of providers of public goods, services, and order.

This series emerged from an IGCC-sponsored conference hosted in October 2022 by the Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies at UC San Diego’s School of Global Policy and Strategy.

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