Category: Latin America/Caribbean

The New Normal? From non-state actors to ‘terrorist governors’

     

The Venezuelan regime’s mobilization of violent colectivo gangs against opposition protesters is only the latest instance of authoritarian regimes orchestrating illiberal non-state actors to counter democratic forces. Some non-state actors… Read more »

‘Clear strategy’ needed to end Venezuela’s prolonged power struggle

     

The chief of staff of opposition leader Juan Guaidó was detained in a pre-dawn raid on his home by Venezuela’s intelligence forces, igniting a new flash point in the U.S.-backed… Read more »

Corruption report shows need to ‘go tougher’ on Venezuela’s kleptocracy

     

Venezuela’s socialist regime used the nation’s state-run oil industry as a protection racket in a years’ long, systematic scheme to buy political loyalty across the hemisphere while shortchanging its own… Read more »

Venezuela ‘unraveling’: facing bleak plight?

     

The United States said Tuesday it would pull its remaining diplomatic personnel from Venezuela, rupturing relations as the country plunges deeper into chaos, the Washington Post reports: The move comes… Read more »

International Women’s Day: defending women’s rights against authoritarianism

     

Women’s Learning Partnership Promo 2019 (English) from Women’s Learning Partnership on Vimeo. A recent public hearing of the US House Intelligence Committee dealt with the threat of rising authoritarianism and… Read more »

Yes, the world is getting more populist: what liberal democrats can learn

     

Your perception is accurate….. The world is becoming more populist, according to a new research project by the Guardian and Team Populism. Professor Kirk Hawkins, from Brigham Young University in… Read more »

Venezuela’s democratic transition must satisfy ‘fragmented military’

     

Any democratic transition in Venezuela will need to address the needs of the country’s unconventional military, argues Javier Corrales, a professor of political science at Amherst College and a contributor to… Read more »

Three scenarios for Venezuela’s transition, says Guaidó

     

Opposition leader Juan Guaidó returned to Venezuela Monday after a 10-day absence to attempt to reignite a U.S.-backed campaign to push out authoritarian President Nicolás Maduro. “In Venezuela, we have… Read more »

Transitions’ lessons offer a way out for Venezuela

     

Opposition leader Juan Guaido, who declared himself interim president of Venezuela in January, said he will return to the country “despite the risks.” Guaido defied a court travel ban last… Read more »

Cuba’s leaders adopt social media, not democracy

     

Cuba‘s Communist regime is tweeting, but that does not mean it is more tolerant of dissent, despite attempts to cultivate on-line dialogue with citizens, the Economist reports: Lately, though, the… Read more »