UNASUR’s failure goes beyond political fortunes. The rhetoric of integration fell flat in the face of reticent national bureaucracies unwilling or unable to give up sovereignty and protectionist policies.
As corruption scandals claim the Summit of the Americas host president, Peru’s Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, the fate of the April regional pow wow remains in doubt. Regardless of whether the heads of state meet, civil society still has a lot to say and do.
In the past decade, journalism has become a deadly profession in Latin America. Attacks on freedom of expression aren’t restricted to journalists; human rights and environmental activists have been targets as well.
The defeat of U.S. candidate to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights is a troubling sign of declining U.S. leverage and moral authority in the hemisphere, and not just on matters of human rights.
Next week the hemisphere’s foreign ministers—including U.S. Secretary of State Tillerson—will gather in Cancun. They will vote on IACHR commissioners and the budget, but will there be real action on Venezuela?