Latin America

    • 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.

    • Commentary

    Two American Surprises

    Dramatic international developments that affect us all are becoming more frequent. Some touch us directly and others reverberate around us. But the daily news leaves us with the feeling that we are in a time of great change.

    • Research

    Chinese Mining and Indigenous Resistance in Ecuador

    • Cintia Quiliconi, Pablo Rodriguez Vasco
    • September 20, 2021

    Chinese mining conglomerates sought to adapt to local conditions by forging alliances with the Ecuadorian national government. But these Chinese efforts to leverage local players undercut and divided Indigenous opposition in unsustainable ways that have backfired.

    • Commentary

    Stalemate: The Main Outcome of Bolsonaro’s Day of Protest

    Tuesday’s protests across Brazil were a significant gamble by President Jair Bolsonaro. People showed up, but most wore black instead, in a sign of opposition — paving the way for Congress to get rid of him.

    • Research

    What Railway Deals Taught Chinese and Brazilians in the Amazon

    • Adriana Erthal Abdenur, Maiara Folly, Maurício Santoro
    • August 04, 2021

    Chinese-funded railway projects in the Brazilian Amazon were profoundly shaped by dynamic institutional learning on both sides and sharp public debates in Brazil about environmental sustainability.

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