Regional Insights

The Impact of COVID-19 on the Economy, Security and Transnational Organized Crime in the Americas

Publication Date:
October 2020
Language Availability:
English
Author:
Celina Realuyo

 


Latin America and the Caribbean have been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, becoming the world’s new epicenter, with 8,430,031 confirmed cases and 317,997 deaths as of September 17, 2020, according to the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University. Latin American leaders including Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, Bolivian Interim President Jeanine Añez, Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei, and Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández have all tested positive for COVID-19. 

COVID-19 will have a detrimental impact on the health, economy, budgets and security of the region. Prior to the pandemic, Latin America and the Caribbean were already facing slow growth, indebtedness, inequality, inadequate healthcare, corruption, transnational organized crime, migration crises and social protests. Governments will be hard pressed to provide and finance the services necessary for the medical and socio-economic recovery from the pandemic. Meanwhile, transnational criminal organizations will capitalize on governments’ preoccupation with COVID-19 to diversify and expand their activities that will likely result in more violence, instability and challenges to governance throughout the Americas. The US must strive to remain the “partner of choice” in the region by bolstering efforts to assist its neighbors in promoting health, prosperity and security in the Hemisphere during the pandemic and beyond.

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