Low Expectations

By Andrea Murta

Andrea Murta is an associate director with the Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center at the Atlantic Council. Andrea, a Brazilian national, joined the Atlantic Council from the intelligence firm Risk Advisory Group, where she ran the Business Intelligence Americas Division. A journalist by training, Andrea has a decade of experience writing about political and economic matters in the US and Emerging Markets, most recently as the Washington, DC, correspondent for Brazil's leading newspaper, Folha de Sao Paulo.

The Olympic Games kick off today in Brazil – a country plagued by a political crisis and economic downturn. The Cipher Brief’s Kaitlin Lavinder spoke to Andrea Murta, associate director at the Atlantic Council’s Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center, about the stakes for Brazil. Murta, a Brazil native, says expectations are so low that the Games are likely to be classified a success.

TCB: What are the stakes for Brazil if the Olympic Games go well, and what are the stakes if the Games go poorly – for example, if there is a major national security breach?

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