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New from CFR: Stewart Patrick on Crime and Development

by Development Channel Staff
June 27, 2012

A policeman watches as confiscated cocaine and marijuana are incinerated in Paramaribo, Suriname on April 19, 2011. Suriname is a transit point for drugs headed to Europe, Africa, and the United States (Ranu Abhelakh/Courtesy Reuters). A policeman watches as confiscated cocaine and marijuana are incinerated in Paramaribo, Suriname on April 19, 2011. Suriname is a transit point for drugs headed to Europe, Africa, and the United States (Ranu Abhelakh/Courtesy Reuters).

Stewart Patrick, CFR Senior Fellow and Director of the Program on International Institutions and Global Governance, yesterday published a post on his blog about the impact of crime on economic development and how to combat it. In the post, which summarizes Patrick’s recent remarks to the UN General Assembly, he argues that both transnational organized crime and local malfeasance are enormous drains on development. As he notes:

Estimates suggest, for example, that if Jamaica and Haiti could reduce their homicide rates to the levels of Costa Rica, their growth rate would increase by 5.4 percent annually.

The full text of the post is available here.

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