The US Campaign to Fight Corruption in Paraguay

The US Campaign to Fight Corruption in Paraguay

President Abdo Benítez Partners with FBI against Own Party
FBI in Paraguay
President Donald Trump met with Paraguay President Mario Abdo in the Oval office of the White House. (The White House)

The US Campaign to Fight Corruption in Paraguay

1170 658 Daniel Duarte

The Trump administration, through the Department of Justice and the FBI, has recently strengthened ties with Paraguayan President Mario Abdo Benítez.

In December 2019, the Paraguayan government announced the FBI would set up a team to work with local police, prosecutors, and intelligence officials. The collaboration involves the exchange of information and work on issues of interest to both countries, in particular government corruption, money laundering, and drug trafficking.

Backgrounder’s Content

  • Background: Politics and Lawfare
  • Noteworthy US-Paraguay 2019 Events
  • Are things so bad in Paraguay that outside intervention is needed?
  • What is the State Department’s role and the structure of the FBI/DOJ participation?
  • Isn’t this inviting a backlash? Do Paraguayans think the FBI is necessary?
  • What safeguards do the Paraguayans have to assure professionalism?
  • Which crimes will they target? What successes does the United States have to refer back to?

Previous Coverage

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Nazi Past Haunts South America’s Penchant for Impunity,” by Daniel Duarte

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Daniel Duarte

Daniel Duarte

Daniel Duarte is Econ Americas' Spanish and English editor. A journalist and university instructor, he studied philosophy at the National University of Asunción, Paraguay. He holds a certificate in English-Spanish translation from the University of Toronto, Canada. Follow @dduart3.

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Daniel Duarte

Daniel Duarte

Daniel Duarte is Econ Americas' Spanish and English editor. A journalist and university instructor, he studied philosophy at the National University of Asunción, Paraguay. He holds a certificate in English-Spanish translation from the University of Toronto, Canada. Follow @dduart3.

All stories by:Daniel Duarte
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