The October 2nd plebiscite and its stunningly low voter turnout demonstrated the inherent weaknesses of popular referenda and the need to think creatively about how to restore people’s participation in the electoral process.
Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega has one of the highest approval rates in the region, but he is still going to great lengths to secure his re-election November 6th at all cost. Is this just Ortega playing it safe or a permanent power grab?
El tratamiento del proyecto de Ley de Presupuesto presenta a la Argentina una renovada oportunidad para volver a debatir públicamente en qué gastos se deben priorizar los recursos del estado. ¿Qué hará la administración de Macri?
History is repeating itself in Honduras. The question of presidential re-election is dividing the country once again. Will politicians be able to solve the constitutional crisis or is the country condemned to electoral uncertainty?
As an analyst for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) I had the opportunity to watch both conventions up close. One of my takeaways: the two parties present two distinct visions of the future, with one more aligned with Canadians the other a more-than-a-little frightening to many Canadians.
In Venezuela, Honduras, Egypt, and—most recently—Turkey, the armed forces have pointed to violations of the constitution by sitting, elected presidents as the justification for a coup. But are coups ever constitutional?
The Three Amigos hit all the right notes in the summit in Ottawa, Canada this week—a fitting second act to the “bromantic” state visit of Prime Minister Trudeau to Washington in March. But Brexit and Trump cast a long shadow over Obama’s last NAFTA summit.
Whatever happens with the Brexit, it’s still worth considering some of its effects on the Western Hemisphere beyond the generalities. Among them: EU market access for Caribbean Commonwealth countries, trade deals for disaffected Mercosur members, and the Falklands/Malvinas.
In Managua to conduct research on the planned Nicaraguan pan-isthmian canal, our regular contributor, R. Evan Ellis, was unceremoniously shown the exit after less than 24 hours. A professional, detailed scholar—as well as a great guy—why didn’t the Nicaraguan government want him there?