The United States has chosen an outsider populist president. Latin America has ample experience with such leaders. Here are four warning signs U.S. citizens, civil society and policy makers need to be on the look out for.
Impeachment processes are always messy political processes (remember Bill Clinton’s in 1998?). In the case of Brazil, by providing a constitutional exit for unpopular executives, impeachment may be what ultimately preserves Brazilian democracy.
Given his inflammatory remarks about Latin American citizens and its immigrants, Global Americans did some digging on who’s advising Donald Trump on his Latin America policy. It’s no one you’ve ever heard of.
Added to the very real risk of the flow of returning Colombians and Venezuelans fleeing across the border creating a massive refugee crisis, security experts are also concerned about a possible military conflict ginned up by a wounded Maduro government.
Much of the Trump administration’s America First agenda is at risk thanks to the development assistance cuts it has proposed. Let’s hope Congress reverses them.
With corruption scandals, popular protests and the revelations in the Panama Papers, it’s easy to think that corruption in Latin America has suddenly increased. It hasn’t, but Latin American institutions are better prepared to deal with the fallout.
Trump’s ability to shatter the postwar bipartisan consensus, his personalistic style and his resentment of a free press have made Argentines wonder: has the GOP produced a Peronist?
For the first time a judicial official has affirmed what many suspected: Alberto Nisman was murdered.
President Nicolás Maduro of Venezuela and Rafael Correa exhibit none of the characteristics of the modern, progressive left—such as, support for indigenous communities’ land rights or LGBT rights—so why are they still called leftists? Because they say so.
The controversies swirling around the victory of Lenin Moreno’s narrow victory demonstrate why it’s important to have credible professional electoral observers.