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    Colombia elections 2018: candidates and their chances in times of hope and fear

Colombia elections 2018: candidates and their chances in times of hope and fear

Colombia’s pathbreaking presidential election of 2018 will most likely be won by Álvaro Uribe’s protege Iván Duque, which could endanger the peace process and signal a return to a dark past of violence and exclusion. But support for leftist and centrist candidates Gustavo Petro and Sergio Fajardo, as well as the unpredictable role of Germán Vargas Lleras, mean that this is far from […]

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    Colombia elections 2018: safeguarding progress towards implementation of the peace agreement

Colombia elections 2018: safeguarding progress towards implementation of the peace agreement

The future of the peace agreement faces many significant risks. Since implementation is a game of confidence building, and compliance and noncompliance alike create snowball effects, mitigation of these risks must be a critical priority for any incoming administration, argues Nelson Camilo Sánchez (National University of Colombia).

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    Colombia’s ruling on legal protection for the Amazon continues Latin America’s struggle for the commons

Colombia’s ruling on legal protection for the Amazon continues Latin America’s struggle for the commons

The Supreme Court’s ruling in favour of 25 young plaintiffs seeking protection of their rights to life, health, food, and a healthy environment obliges the government to design an inter-generational pact to reduce deforestation and gas emissions. This highlights the connection between protection of the environment and intergenerational solidarity, as well as underlining personal and social responsibility for the impact […]

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    Venezuela elections 2018: evaluating electoral conditions in an authoritarian regime

Venezuela elections 2018: evaluating electoral conditions in an authoritarian regime

Participating in elections under authoritarian regimes can reap rewards, but electoral conditions in Venezuela have degenerated so drastically that a Maduro victory in 2018 could not be considered democratic, write Griselda Colina (Observatorio Global de Comunicación y Democracia) and Jennifer McCoy (Georgia State University).

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    From prejudice to Pride: what does Cuba have to celebrate on the International Day Against Homophobia?

From prejudice to Pride: what does Cuba have to celebrate on the International Day Against Homophobia?

Cuba has gone from being notably homophobic and discriminatory to being lauded internationally for its unique Health-Based Approach to sexual-diversity rights — but there is still work to be done, argues Emily J. Kirk (Dalhousie University).

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    Venezuela elections 2018: military and institutional backing could keep Maduro in power despite sanctions

Venezuela elections 2018: military and institutional backing could keep Maduro in power despite sanctions

Further economic deterioration and more drastic international sanctions resulting from a Maduro ‘win’ will only reinforce his linchpin of high-level military support, writes Diego Moya Ocampos (IHS Markit).

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    Engineering growth: innovative capacity and development in the Americas

Engineering growth: innovative capacity and development in the Americas

The generation and diffusion of scientific knowledge and technology are assumed to be drivers of modern economic growth, but there is a lack of firm empirical evidence of this. In preparation for the 2nd Annual LSE-Stanford-Universidad de los Andes Conference on Long-Run Development in Latin America (16-17 May, 2018), William F. Maloney (World Bank) and Felipe Valencia Caicedo (Bonn University) discuss how they use the first detailed data […]

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    Pope Francis’ visit to Chile shows how the legitimacy of the Catholic Church is being eroded by its sexual politics

Pope Francis’ visit to Chile shows how the legitimacy of the Catholic Church is being eroded by its sexual politics

Pope Francis’ attempts to move the Catholic Church beyond the conservative sexual agenda of his predecessors have been undermined by abusive sexual practices within the Church itself, writes José Manuel Morán (Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, CONICET).

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    US trade sanctions are also hurting Jamaica, Guyana, and the wider Caribbean

US trade sanctions are also hurting Jamaica, Guyana, and the wider Caribbean

The Trump administration’s “America First” policy and sanctions on Russia and Venezuela have significant unintended consequences in the Caribbean, especially for the bauxite industries of Jamaica and Guyana, writes David Jessop (Caribbean Council).

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    The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank comes knocking on Latin America’s door: is anyone home?

The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank comes knocking on Latin America’s door: is anyone home?

Although Latin America provides a third of the AIIB’s prospective members and co-financing is desperately needed, the region has been slow to respond to the bank’s repeated overtures, writes Álvaro Méndez (LSE Global South Unit).