Failure to push back on anti-democratic currents—as Peruvians well know—can result in only a mirage of the short-term stability that citizens deserve.
In Tunisia, the nation’s deepening economic crisis has disappointed citizens hoping that democracy would usher in a new prosperity. But both Tunisia and other nations undergoing transitions from authoritarian rule, particularly those in Latin America and the Caribbean, can learn from this decade and the Tunisian experience.
Patricio Aylwin, Chile’s president from 1990 to 1994, passed away on April 19th. He will be remembered as a symbol of the country’s transition to democracy. Today’s political leaders, in Chile as well as the rest of Latin America, would do well to learn a few lessons from his political career.
Recent events have demonstrated how far the region still has to go in improving transparency and civilian control over the intelligence services.