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Cristina Will Run (and Probably Win)

A little less than three years ago, LatAmThought wrote a commentary questioning the viability of the at that time new Kirchner administration. CFK was less than one year…

Colombia Elections – Alliances in Numbers

A recent poll in Colombia released on June 3 says Juan Manuel Santos would win 61.6 percent of a vote, whereas Antanas Mockus would win just 29. 8…

Colombia Post-Election Analysis – From the Top

I was extremely lucky to be in Bogota last week, meeting with bunch of different people and talking about what have been some of the most unique and…

Scare Tactics in Colombian Presidential Elections

Soft on Terrorism. The well-worn phrase is one that the US public has grown accustomed to. Like nationalism, it is a tactic that political campaigners use in attempts…

How Will Colombians Vote This Sunday?

In the Americas Quarterly blog I explain that most Colombians won’t vote this Sunday. Of those who will vote, about a tenth of them will mistakenly submit invalid…

How To Vote in Colombia

Voting in Colombia can be confusing, so I have created a 5-minute video that explains in Spanish in simple terms how to vote this March. Please share with…

Why Not Being Disliked is as Powerful as Being Liked

I recently wrote an article for the Americas Quarterly blog in which I argued that in Colombia’s second round of elections for the presidency not being disliked may…

Disheartening Aspects of Colombia’s Congressional Elections

Some things may be comical when you see them in movies, yet somewhat worrying when they are part of the democracy you count on. Such is the case…

Election Season in Colombia

The Constitutional Court’s ruling last night blocking the possibility of President Uribe’s reelection lifted a weight off the country’s shoulders. Even Uribe, who found out about the Court’s decision through…

Investigative Journalism in Colombia

Many of our readers are likely already aware of last week’s announcement of the end of Cambio, perhaps Colombia’s most important source for investigative journalism. While the Casa…

Venezuelan Influence in Nicaraguan Media

Another opposition media outlet has fallen. And it’s not in Venezuela. Albanisa, a Venezuelan-owned conglomerate that controls below market-value Venezuelan oil imports in Nicaragua and has business ties…

Election Watch in Brazil: Female Candidates at the Fore

The presidential elections are a little over a year away in Brazil, and the campaigns are beginning to heat up. This week, Epoca Magazine announced that the former…

Honduras should open our eyes to discontent with democracy in the region

Within 48 hours of the coup in Honduras, much has been written about what this means for Latin America, with the best analysis acknowledging that the coup breaks…

A Silver Lining in the Cloud

Mounting political tensions in Honduras finally spilled over on 28 June 2009, the day the nation was set to vote on the “cuarta urna“, a proposal from back…

El Salvador and U.S. dependence

It has become a cliché to say that Latin America is no longer the United States’ backyard. An Inter-American Dialogue report that came out yesterday mentions “[t]he growing…

Venezuela Referendum 2009: Why it matters

Some have argued that the upcoming referendum this Sunday in Venezuela is not all that significant, pointing out that if Chavez loses he will simply try again until…

2 Weeks and Counting: Venezuelan Regional Elections

On 23 November, less publicized but nonetheless very important elections are slated to take place in Venezuela. Many important positions are up for grabs in these regional elections,…

El Salvador’s Turn to the Left?

Some have already begun to hear the death knell chiming for Latin America’s “turn to the left.” In a recent column, Andres Oppenheimer points to the new-found domestic…

Challenges Ahead for Paraguay’s New President

On 15 August Paraguay welcomed the first president who was not a member of the Colorado party in 61 years with the swearing in of 57 year-old former…

Elections in Paraguay: Hope and Fear of Change

Today, after 61 years of continual rule by the Colorado Party, there is widespread uncertainty in Paraguay. The potential for change has characterized the general election from its…