Latin America

  • Commentary

    More Polarized Than Ever, Presidential Election in Chile Marks New Political Era

    The collapse of centrist parties in Chile’s elections this weekend reflects the demise of the country’s democratic model. Long seen as one of Latin America’s most stable democracies, Chile’s capacity to overcome its polarization could have resounding effects in the wider region.

  • Commentary

    Bolsonaro Can’t End Deforestation in The Amazon – Even If He Wants To

    • November 22, 2021
    • The New Statesman

    Yet such promises amount to little more than window dressing meant to assuage international critics. The Brazilian government’s pledges made in Glasgow cannot be taken seriously for a simple reason: they would hurt Bolsonaro’s chances to win re-election next year.

  • Commentary

    Why Dictators Love Elections

    The proliferation of autocrats who love to stage presidential elections is a surprising political phenomenon. What they want is an exercise that gives off the illusion of democracy, but where their victory is securely guaranteed.

  • Commentary

    Nicaragua’s Farcical Election Marks Consolidation of Ortega’s Autocracy

    The brazenness of Nicaragua’s authoritarian turn sets a troubling precedent and reflects the broader erosion of democracy in Latin America.

  • Commentary

    Why Lula vs. Bolsonaro in Brazil Leaves Little Room for Others

    "The victory of one of these men, the story goes, would put an end to the destructive polarization that has riven Brazilian politics and help the country heal after an abysmal decade of near-zero growth and worsening inequality."

  • Commentary

    What Was Colin Powell Doing on September 11, 2001?

    Polarization within Latin America is inevitably reflected in the polarization of governments in the region. It is not surprising then, that in the last 20 years the Inter-American Democratic Charter Powell signed has not been successfully invoked even when it was flagrantly violated, such as by Hugo Chávez and Nicolás Maduro in Venezuela and Daniel Ortega in Nicaragua.

  • Commentary

    Democracy Is Dying in Brazil

    No matter what happens during Brazil’s elections in October 2022, the country’s democracy faces a major test. Democratic backsliding in other countries such as Hungary, Turkey, and Venezuela suggests that strongmen are often emboldened by reelection and grow increasingly authoritarian.

  • Research

    Can the EU Adapt to Cuba's New Wave of Democratic Activism?

    The EU should make the most of its economic leverage in Cuba to more deftly balance its engagement with the single-party regime with more outreach to an emerging wave of new civic activists pressing for change.

  • Commentary

    Venezuela’s Endless Crisis

    These are bleak, unpalatable scenarios, but sadly, there are few reasons to expect better. The wishful hope that the criminals in charge of the Venezuelan regime can somehow be persuaded to accede to their own ruin is just that—a hope—and certainly not a proper basis for diplomatic action.

    • June 24, 2021
    • BBC
    Oliver Stuenkel
    Why Are We Failing to Protect the Amazon Rainforest?
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    • December 21, 2016
    • NPR’s Diane Rehm Show
    Moisés Naím
    Threats To Democracy Here And Abroad
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    • June 29, 2016
    • Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs
    Rachel Kleinfeld
    A World History of Political Violence
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