About Leonardo

Leonardo Coutinho is an expert on transnational threats in the Latin America, specializing in corruption, drug trafficking, and transnational crime. Mr. Coutinho has provided briefings on international terrorism hubs in Brazil, the Venezuela crisis, and corruption cases and investigations to universities and policy makers in South America and United States. He has testified before both the U.S. Congress and Brazilian Congress.

Mr. Coutinho frequently appears in several medias outlets: Gazeta do Povo, O Estado de São Paulo, Rádio Jovem Pan, and Rádio Bandeirantes (in Portuguese); and NTN24, France24 and MegaTV (Spanish).

Mr. Coutinho is the author of the book “Hugo Chávez, o espectro” published in Portuguese in 2018 and a coauthor of the book Iran’s Strategic Penetration of Latin America, published by Lexington Books in October 2014. In March 2019, he released a chapter in the book “Perspectivas do Terrorismo Transnacional Contemporâneo”.

Mr. Coutinho currently serves as the International Fellow for Brazil for the next generation, national security think tank—Center for a Secure Free Society (SFS)—based in Washington D.C. Prior to SFS, Mr. Coutinho was a former VEJA magazine journalist where he published several investigations about Iranian activities in Latin America and extremists’ cells in Brazil and other countries. He is a six-time winner of the Journalist Award from Grupo Abril. Mr. Coutinho graduated from the Faculdade de Filosofia Ciências e Letras de Belo Horizonte in Brazil with a degree in Journalism. Mr. Coutinho also has certificates in Islamic Law Studies (Leiden Universiteit) and Strategy and Defense (William J. Perry Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies).