30 Years of Silence: Torture Allegations in Brazil

October 12, 2016

Similar to various other Latin American countries, Brazil suffered through a right-wing military dictatorship from 1964 to 1985.The aim of this dictatorship was to eliminate any and all threats of communist uprising within the country. This is similar to Chile, Argentina, and Uruguay, but, unlike such countries, Brazil has only now acknowledged the torture and other atrocities committed during the 21-year dictatorship.

As China's Economy Shifts, Will Latin America Be Affected?

October 10, 2016

A recent report published by the Deutsche Bank revealed that China is rebalancing their economy, creating potentially devastating effects for Latin America. The report highlights the declining growth of real GDP as China shifts from a production to consumption based economy. The shift will have the largest effect on countries that primarily trade natural resources with China. The lessening of dependence on Latin America for metals such as iron ore, copper and crude oil will specifically hurt Chile and Venezuela.

Syrian Refugee Crisis Reaches the Borders of Latin America

October 4, 2016

On September 28th, 2015, world leaders met at the UN Headquarters in New York to discuss, among other issues, the mass migration of Syrian and Middle Eastern refugees to Europe. The migration of people from the war torn region of the Middle East has put tremendous strains on European infrastructure, has tested the limits of their foreign policy, and has generated an unprecedented migration crisis. While Europe is bearing most of the brunt of the refugees, other countries like the United States and Brazil have vowed to open their doors to Syrian refugees in the coming years.

Evolución Reciente y Desafíos de la Ciencia Política en Uruguay

August 5, 2016

La ciencia política uruguaya tuvo un desarrollo “tardío, intenso y asimétrico” (Garcé, 2005). Durante los últimos diez años, la disciplina siguió expandiéndose y diversificándose, convirtiéndose en una profesión cabal.1 Ha corregido algunas asimetrías que la caracterizaban al tiempo que enfrenta nuevos desafíos. En particular, se discute cada vez más abiertamente sobre el pluralismo académico y el vínculo entre cientistas políticos y partidos políticos.


Panorama descriptivo de la ciencia política en Uruguay2

The Impact of Political Decentralization: A Natural Experiment in Uruguay

June 15, 2016

Is political decentralization an effective institutional reform to promote citizens´ engagement with democracy? The potential democratizing effect of political decentralization reforms has been a matter of substantial theoretical and empirical debate. Analyses of the causal impact of decentralization reforms have reached very dissimilar conclusions (Eaton and Connerley 2010), and they have been strongly marked by normative preferences.

Participatory Democracy at a Crossroads: Montevideo's Neighborhood Councils

April 26, 2016

On 28 February 1990, only a few days after taking office, mayor Tabaré Vásquez1 from the Frente Amplio (FA) signed a decree initializing the decentralization of the city of Montevideo.2 After a period of tension and obstruction from the opposition parties (Partido Blanco and Partido Colorado), the new government agreed to call for a joint committee to promote the decentralization of the capital.


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