The Challenges of the constitutional process in Chile

The constitutional plebiscite showed three milestones: the option in favor of constitutional change was widely supported; the results confirm the distance that exists between the citizenry and the political institutions; and the highest participation was reached since the voluntary vote was established (2012).

Bolsonaro’s economic populism

Bolsonaro, as a typical populist, refuses to face concrete problems. He changes his position to suit public opinion and promises unrealistic achievements. The problem is that this leads the country to a crisis of sustainability of public accounts.

Marihuana regulation in Mexico

These days, the Mexican Congress is discussing a project to regulate cannabis for adult use which, if finally approved, could make that country the third in the world, after Uruguay and Canada, to create a legal market for marijuana for adult use.

The “moral incapacity” in Latin America

The fact that the Peruvian presidency is going to run because of “moral incapacity” shows that Latin American politics is very premaquiavelic. Machiavelli explained the relations of power on the margin of moral or religious questions, thus leaving unsupported, for example, the actions of the Catholic Church.

Peru: the time of Don Quixote

The political crisis in the Andean country shows that there are no longer “saviors of the Fatherland” who have risen to power through coups d’état. Peru is being rescued from literature, culture and the handful of non-encumbered politicians. It seems that they have found the right figure, an interim president whom they call “Don Quixote”.

The Amapa crisis and energy integration in South America

The recent debate on the energy crisis in Amapá has focused on the precarious performance of the concessionaire, the low quality of services in some regions and the slowness of the government. But energy security will only be guaranteed by the construction of an infrastructure ring throughout the Northern Arc.

Economy

Could the pandemic bring a food crisis to Latin America?

Because of its productive capacity and diversity, Latin America is considered by many to be the “breadbasket” of the planet. Despite this relative advantage in the production and export of food in relation to other regions, a significant number of people in Latin America do not have access to adequate food.

Pandemic, Economy and Politics: A View from America

The pandemic continues. The growth of infections and the number of active people in Europe and America indicate that the disease is re-emerging in these areas. In some countries, the spread of the disease has not been significantly controlled and in recent weeks there has been a further increase.

ECLAC respected but not heard

There has always been a gap between ECLAC’s thinking and the governments’ public policies, but this gap widens from less to more, depending on the time. However, decision makers need to be more open to ECLAC thinking.

Society

Constituent process and indigenous peoples in Chile

In the plebiscite it was approved to change the constitution by means of a Constitutional Convention. However, no seats were reserved for indigenous peoples and discussion on the issue was again postponed. This represents the latest expressions of the State’s colonial relationship with the original peoples.

21st Century: Polarization in America

Co-author Ana Carola Traverso-Krejcarek
The pandemic turned the world upside down, shook institutions, generated new social conflicts and deepened existing ones. Diverse political systems were affected with ideological polarization, the emergence and strengthening of extremes.

Trump’s Lies: A Lesson for the Media

Donald Trump lost the U.S. presidential election, but he still prefers to live in the alternative world that his own propaganda has created for him. In this bizarre universe, he is considered an invincible hero of mythical proportions who decides what is right and what is wrong.

Politics

Latin America and its eternal foreign dependence

Economic ties, and expansionist, commercial and ideological interests, made the United States a key country on Latin American agendas. However, the decline of its hegemony and internal tension provide an opportunity to set a new course for the Latin American agenda.

How did Trump get this far?

To believe that Biden’s triumph is the end of the drama begun in January 2016 is an example of a mirage of fatal consequences. Pretending that those millions of voters will disappear from the map with Biden’s inauguration reveals a blindness to how much America has changed in recent generations.

The Vacancy of a President without a Party

Without a party to support him, in a context of escalating conflicts between the executive and legislative branches, with a ruling pending before the Constitutional Court for the demand of competence for the improper use of the vacancy cause of permanent moral incapacity, Vizcarra was unable to avoid this second vacancy process.