Brazil is a vast country of some 211 million people. A nation full of energy but also plagued by crime; powerful criminal networks like the PCC and Red Commando battle over international and domestic drug trafficking routes. Then there is illegal logging, gold mining, land invasion, human trafficking, high levels of violence, highly militarised law enforcement and a huge corruption scandal that rocked the Brazilian political class.And now COVID-19 has struck and Brazil has the second highest number of cases in the world.Presenter(s)Ana Paula Oliveira / Jack Meegan-VickersGuestsAntonio Sampaio, a research fellow at the International institute for Strategic Studies, the host of the Sounds Strategic Podcast and a member of the GI Network of ExpertsChristian Vianna De Azevedo, an academic researcher, and law enforcement officer who specialises in transnational organised crime and terrorism. Christian is also a member of the GI Network of expertsGabriel de Santis Feltran, a Professor at the Federal University of Sao Carlos in Sao Paulo state and member of the GI Network of expertsAdriana Erthal Abdenur, the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Plataforma CIPÓ and a member of the GI Network of experts.Additional Reading‘Illicit order: The militarized logic of organized crime and urban security in Rio de Janeiro’
In this bonus episode of The Impact: Coronavirus and Organized Crime, Jack sits down with author and former NPR foreign correspondent, Sarah Chayes. In this extended version of the interview which was part of the COVID and Corruption episode, Sarah talks about her experience of studying corruption around the world and how kleptocratic networks capture state institutions, even in the United States.Sarah Chayes is the author of Thieves of State and the upcoming book On Corruption in America.
A different sounding episode as Jack sits down with a collection of organized crime experts to discuss what we have seen over the past few months and what might happen next.Guests:Tuesday Reitano, Deputy Director of the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized CrimeNirmal Ghosh, US Bureau Chief for The Straits Times and member of the GI Network of expertsJoyce Kimani, the Observatory Coordinator for East and Horn of Africa at the GIGuillermo Vazquez, Senior Analyst at the GILyes Tagziria, Analyst at the GIAna Paula, Analyst at the GIFaces of Assassination
This Pandemic is causing huge economic impacts. The World Bank has forecast a contraction of 5.3% in global GDP in 2020 – that is the deepest global recession in decades leaving lasting scars on the lives of people living all over the world.And this could manifest itself in many ways - a rush to push government policy through to help combat the immediate effects of COVID means that the usual stringent checks may be ignored. And organized criminal networks are positioning themselves to capture state institutions and contracts – enriching themselves at the expense of the public.GuestsAndy Guth - adjunct professor and an expert on anti-corruption and how it works with transnational organized crime groups.Professor Adriano Nuvunga - Director of the Centre for Democracy and Development in Mozambique and a leading civil society activist.Vanda Felbab-Brown - Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution and also a member of the GI Network of experts.Ambassador Ugi Zvekic - Senior Adviser at the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organised Crime.Faces of Assassination