Latin American politics

Business as Usual

January 12, 2017
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Donald Trump is but one of many individuals in the American continent that went from being a businessman to a political leader. They managed businesses, amassed fortunes and then one day, they entered the political arena. Before Donald Trump, there was Argentinian President Mauricio Macri, who joined the political club about a year ago. There are two others currently in presidential positions: the Paraguayan Horacio Cartes and the Panamanian Juan Carlos Varela.

The challenge of gardening in gray zones (on the scientific study of Latin American politics)

October 13, 2016
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“If there is any great lesson we Americans need to learn, George Kennan once famously wrote, with regard to the methodology of foreign policy, it is that we must be gardeners and not mechanics in our approach to world affairs.” He was aiming at the practice and mental habits of the American diplomatic and national security establishment; however, the statement also indirectly reflected Kennan’s skepticism about the possibilities of the type of knowledge proposed from some sections of academia as a solid basis for the engineering approach.

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