A careful review of the data reveals an increase in political detention and imprisonment in Venezuela—often without trial—and illustrates the justifications the government uses to silence its opponents.
A reform that permits sitting president Juan Orlando Hernández to run for re-election and the divisions among opposition leaders make it likely that November 26th elections will produce little political change.
The spectacular collapse of President Michelle Bachelet’s popularity and generational divisions among Chilean voters have opened up the 28-year democracy’s party system with unknown consequences for this year’s presidential elections.
Drawing from recent research, a new book argues that the flurry of recent innovations for “direct democracy”—from recall referenda to plebiscites—despite positive potential, also pose new risks to democratic governance.
The breakdown of the Vatican/UNASUR dialogue in Venezuela was totally predictable. Dialogue is still the key to peacefully resolving the crisis in Venezuela, but it must have teeth to punish noncompliance.
The United States has chosen an outsider populist president. Latin America has ample experience with such leaders. Here are four warning signs U.S. citizens, civil society and policy makers need to be on the look out for.