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SITREP: ISIS Threat in Rio 2016

August 2016 — The 2016 Rio Olympic Games start on August 5th. Brazilian and international authorities are working overtime to prepare and take the necessary countermeasures against a potential terrorist attack. As the clock ticks down, the world is watching and hoping it will not have to feel the jolt of another ISIS attack.

This Situation Report (SITREP) provides reports, articles, and testimony from scholars, senior fellows, and international fellows of the Center for a Secure Free Society (SFS), as well as information from top Brazilian and international news outlets, analyzing the potential for an Islamic terrorist attack during Rio 2016. This SITREP is aimed at educating the public on the threat level in Brazil and encouraging vigilance ahead of the Olympic Games.

DOWNLOAD PDF of SITREP on ISIS Threat in Rio 2016

Read the ABIN – National Brazilian Intelligence Agency –  Terrorist Threat Assessment for Rio 2016 in Portuguese: ABIN Terrorist Threat Assessment in Rio 2016 and a General English Translation of ABIN Threat Assessment.

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Is It Time to Rebalance China’s Latin American Portfolio?

China’s Prime Minister Li Keqiang recently told delegates at the National People’s Congress the country’s economy would grow at about 7 percent this year. The projection reflects a slowdown as China works to consolidate its gains over the past decade and build a stronger, more modern service and information-based economy. This is a good time to review China’s portfolio in Latin America.

Prime Minister Li’s report comes amid good news as China overtook the United States in inbound foreign direct investments (FDI) for the first time since 2003. With an impressive $128 billion invested in China and Hong Kong, the two placed first and second, while the U.S. came in third.

Equally important is China’s out bound investments, which set records in 2012 with the U.S. as the primary recipient in energy, transportation and the financial services. The countries of Asia, Africa and Latin American also benefited from inflows of Chinese capital.  In January, China announced its intention to invest $250 billion in Latin America over the next decade. While the figure is promising, the nature and distribution of investments is far more complicated…. (more…)