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The ‘perfect storm’ that led to Brazil’s drastic and rapid decline

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Thomas Vicino, asso­ciate pro­fessor of polit­ical sci­ence, public policy, and urban affairs at North­eastern, has trav­eled to and worked in Brazil exten­sively. Here, he explains the “per­fect storm” that led to Brazil’s decline and weighs in on the city’s prepa­ra­tion for the Olympics.

In 2009, when Rio de Janeiro was named the host city for the 2016 Summer Olympics, Brazil was in the midst of an eco­nomic boom that had helped the nation become the rising star of South America. But little more than a half-decade later, the fifth-largest country in the world by pop­u­la­tion is plagued by polit­ical scandal, an eco­nomic down­turn, and rising secu­rity risks, all of which raise ques­tions as to Rio’s apti­tude to host the games.

Thomas Vicino, asso­ciate pro­fessor of polit­ical sci­ence, public policy, and urban affairs at North­eastern, has trav­eled to and worked in Brazil exten­sively. Here, he explains the “per­fect storm” that led to the country’s decline and weighs in on the city’s prepa­ra­tion for the Olympics.

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