Dismissal of Pedro Castillo and political crisis in Peru

Dismissal of Pedro Castillo and political crisis in Peru

After being besieged relentlessly throughout his 16 months in office, Pedro Castillo was removed from the presidency on December 7 by Peru’s national Congress after he announced a gutting of the institutional order. Castillo’s attempt to dissolve Congress was followed just hours later by the move to “vacate” him, the third attempt during his term, and the first successful one.

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If Biden Isn’t All That Great for Latin America, Trump is Far Worse

If Biden Isn’t All That Great for Latin America, Trump is Far Worse

Two major developments can be inferred from the results of the November 8, 2022 mid-term elections in the United States. First, the voters did not punish Joe Biden after his first two years as president as the pre-election polls had predicted they would.  Consequently, Donald Trump’s political standing has diminished along with the legitimacy of his leadership role in the Republican Party.

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Latin America: In Search of Lost Sovereignty

Latin America: In Search of Lost Sovereignty

Two recent events have activated the possibility of relaunching Latin American and Caribbean cooperation and coordination, so neglected during the last five years: Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s (AMLO) speech during the meeting of Foreign Ministers during the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) and that of the newly appointed Foreign Minister of Peru, Héctor Béjar, during his inauguration at the Torre Tagle Palace in Lima, who recently made a 180-degree turn in Peru’s foreign policy.

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Trump Moves to Take Leadership of Regional Development Bank Away From Latin American Nations

Trump Moves to Take Leadership of Regional Development Bank Away From Latin American Nations

Argentina, Chile, Costa Rica and Mexico proposed suspending the election for president of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), scheduled for September until March 2021, to prevent Donald Trump’s National Security Adviser for Latin America, the Cuban-American Mauricio Claver-Carone, from taking over the powerful regional post.

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