Latin America’s Security Crisis Is a Political Problem, Too

By Lucía Dammert

Crime and politics are becoming more entangled, undermining the region’s stability, an expert writes.

SANTIAGO—For the past several years, Ecuador has been in the international spotlight as it battles the brutal consequences of an aggressive expansion by organized crime and the growth of illegal markets. Drug trafficking is dominant, especially cocaine, thanks to the scale of international distribution routes to the United States, Europe and Asia—but other illegal activities, from logging to migrant smuggling and money laundering, are thriving too. Ecuador’s crisis has been especially stark, but the problem of pervasive influence of organized crime is a regionwide one in Latin...

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