Category: Latin America/Caribbean

Latin America’s militaries: Back in the spotlight?

     

What does the resurgence of the armed forces in the political arena mean for democracy in Latin America? Americas Quarterly – the award-winning magazine produced by the nonprofit Americas Society/Council of the… Read more »

Mexico: criminal defamation threatens free expression

     

The conviction of a prominent Mexican journalist sets a dangerous precedent for freedom of expression, writes Enrique Bravo-Escobar, Ph.D., Senior Program Officer for Latin America & the Caribbean at the… Read more »

Why the push for democratic transition in Venezuela faltered

     

  The Trump administration’s bid to replace Venezuela’s authoritarian leader Nicolás Maduro hit a roadblock after a meeting with Russian officials in Rome last year—and has never recovered, according to The… Read more »

Venezuela’s endgame ‘closer than Maduro thinks’?

     

  Cuban security officials are a critical ingredient of Nicolas Maduro’s ability to retain power. So, as the Trump administration increases pressure on Venezuela’s pretender president, it must also do the same against… Read more »

What’s behind Latin America’s rebellion against the elites?

     

  The generational shift is profound and fundamental to understanding what is happening in Latin America (and around the world), argues Michael Shifter, the president of the Inter-American Dialogue, a… Read more »

Will democracy crisis empower Latin America’s military?

     

Can Latin America’s  elected civilian leaders regain the trust of their publics and deliver on the promises of democratic governance? Can militaries escape the pressures of stepping into power during… Read more »

How populism went mainstream

     

There is a specter haunting not just Europe, but the whole globe, quaking the boots of established political parties, legacy media outlets, and transnational institutions of government and civil society…. Read more »

Latin America’s protests: Temporary social agitation or a sign of troubled democracy?

     

Violent protests in Latin America have resulted in destroyed property, thousands of arrests and dozens of deaths. Observers, including scholars of the region, are surprised by the recent turmoil in… Read more »

Venezuela is world’s worst democratic backslider

     

  Venezuela is Latin America’s most democratically-ailing country, according to a report by the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA), which analyzes the situation in 158 nations,” Sabrina Martín… Read more »

Latin America succumbs to coup temptation?

     

  In Ecuador in 2000, Venezuela in 2002, Honduras in 2009, and now in Bolivia, opposition groups applauded when the army stepped in to remove elected governments they viewed as inept, corrupt or… Read more »