As many governments are questioning the value of democracy, civil society has emerged as the main force to ensure compliance with democratic principles worldwide. Still, it’s unclear how much influence it can have on November’s G20 Summit in Argentina.
The political and human rights crises in Venezuela and Nicaragua were predictable. It may have been preventable too, if media, multilateral institutions and governments had reacted to the obvious and documented warning signs.
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.