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  • 16 May 2023
    Simón Escoffier

    From the Urban Margins to Large-Scale Protests

    In October 2019, unprecedented mobilizations in Chile took the world by surprise. An outburst of protests plunged the most stable democracy in Latin America into its most profound social and political crisis since the dictatorship in the 1980s. What began as student-led protests in a few metro stations against a fare increase in public transportation […]

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  • 3 Mar 2023
    Rachel A. Schwartz

    What Civil War Leaves Behind: The Institutional Legacies of Conflict in Central America

    Civil war is among the most destructive forces in the modern world. Its toll is felt in the innumerable human lives lost, the infrastructure and economic assets decimated, the social services like healthcare and education set back decades, and the communities fragmented and traumatized in its wake. Yet, amid the overwhelming devastation, we can also […]

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  • 27 Sep 2022
    Daniel Noemi Voionmaa

    Spies, Writers, and the Cold War in Latin America

    What was the impact of surveillance on writers? If a writer is under surveillance by secret police agents, and he or she knows it, does that change what he or she wrote? Would the literature be a reply, a repudiation, an angry answer to the surveillance? During the Cold war years, in several Latin American […]

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  • 24 Jan 2020
    Verónica Pérez Bentancur, Rafael Piñeiro Rodríguez, Fernando Rosenblatt

    An Introduction to How Party Activism Survives

    Party activism, understood as individuals voluntarily and regularly participating in party-related activities (i.e. not simply for electoral campaigns), seems to be a thing of the past. In the best-case scenario, activism in contemporary politics generally entails little more than paying party membership dues or sporadically taking part in internal party elections. In the worst-case scenario, […]

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  • 27 Aug 2019
    Kevin A. Young

    Liberating the Left’s History

    “Will Bolivia and Peru become Indian republics through communist instigation?” So asked a conservative Bolivian newspaper in 1949. Two years prior, large portions of the countryside had witnessed indigenous rebellions against forced labor, land theft, and racism. Although the elite rhetoric blaming “outside agitators” was disingenuous, the rebellions did in fact feature alliances between indigenous […]

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  • 9 Aug 2019
    Jeffrey L. Gould

    Solidarity Under Siege and Immigration Crisis

    Alejandro Molina Lara, Gloria García, and Ana Alvarenga, the key protagonists in Solidarity Under Siege, all emigrated to North America. During the 1980s, Salvadoran death squads drove them to El Norte. In the early 1990s, many union activists, like Angel Escobar, were blacklisted from the fishing industry while others fled the tropical deindustrialization that accompanied […]

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  • 30 Jun 2009
    Mitchell A. Seligson, John A. Booth

    Honduras and the Chances of Turmoil

    In his recent book, The Legitimacy Puzzle in Latin America, co authored with John Booth, Mitchell Seligson dig through massive amounts of data to uncover the many dimensions of popular support for democracy in Latin America. Their findings mirror unfolding events in Honduras.

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