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January 12, 2024

Engaging Chile’s neglected voters could have avoided constitutional defeat

Pedro Fierro The people of Chile have rejected two constitutional proposals in little more than a year. Why? Pedro Fierro reveals that there are areas in Chile where residents reject politics entirely. This sentiment transcends ideological divides, and may have significantly influenced both constitutional processes Read more
January 9, 2024

Is a far-right populist wave breaking in South America?

Carlos José Cruz Infante Elections loom for Chile and Colombia in 2025 and 2026. Carlos José Cruz Infante explores voters' growing disillusionment with leftist governments and the increasing attraction of figures like José Antonio Kast and María Fernanda Cabal. These politicians' hard-right populist messages echo Donald Trump’s empty call to ‘Make America Great Again’ Read more
November 8, 2023

Prospects for a Mercosur-EU Association Agreement grow dimmer

Juan Cruz Díaz Long-running negotiations between the European Union and Mercosur, aimed at forming an Association Agreement and liberalising trade, have faced numerous hurdles. As the December deadline for signature approaches, doubts loom over the pact’s future, write Juan Cruz Díaz and Carlos José Cruz Infante Read more
August 21, 2023

🔮 Tired Argentinian politics give victory to far-right libertarian Milei

Massimo D'Angelo On 13 August 2023, Argentinians took part in primary elections to choose candidates for positions including the presidency. But the established candidates have dropped out of the race. Massimo D’Angelo examines the key results of this election, most notable for the victory of far-right libertarian economist Javier Milei Read more
August 10, 2023

🔮 Populists in power, constitutional change, and democratic backsliding

Jasmin Sarah König We know that there is an inherent tension between populism and liberal democracy. So how does this translate into law when populists are in power? Jasmin Sarah König and Tilko Swalve argue that constitutional changes by populist governments can have ambiguous implications for democratic quality Read more
July 28, 2023

🔮 Peronism in Argentina exemplifies the chamaeleonic nature of populism

Wolfgang Muno Wolfgang Muno and Christian Pfeiffer explore Peronism as a lens to understand Latin American populism. From its roots under Juan Domingo Perón, through neoliberal shifts, to its modern-day forms, Peronism exemplifies the chameleon-like nature of populism and its enduring appeal through a strong sense of political identity Read more
July 26, 2023

Reclaiming Indigenous sovereignty under the threat of genocide in Brazil

João Urt Despite tremendous colonial violence from the state and settler society, Indigenous leaders in contemporary Brazil stand up to perform the authority inherited from their peoples, write João Urt and Tchella Maso. It is time to recognise their diplomatic roles as sovereign mediators between their cosmologies and the Westernised world Read more
July 17, 2023

Big stakes for the EU-CELAC summit

Carlos José Cruz Infante Heads of state from Europe and Latin America and the Caribbean meet on 17 and 18 July in Brussels for the long-awaited EU-CELAC summit. Despite facing a credibility crisis in the region, the EU has the tools to build a credible and strategic partnership going forward, write Carlos Cruz Infante and Johanne Døhlie Saltnes Read more

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