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How Foreign Policy Can Help Address Brazil’s Violence Epidemic

November 02, 2016

Last week, Fórum Brasileiro de Segurança Pública, a well-respected NGO based in São Paulo, published a series of grim statistics. In 2015, a staggering 58,383 people were assassinated in Brazil. The number of murders in Brazil increased over 250 percent in the last three decades, jumping from 13,910 in 1980 to above 50,000 in 2012. This means that one person is killed in the country every nine minutes, or 160 per day.

These figures are particularly noteworthy because Brazil has no territorial disputes or civil, religious or ethnic wars...

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