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The Rise of the Right in Latin America?

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Dec. 9, 2015
11:00am – 1:00pm


6th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center
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The Rise of the Right in Latin America?

Corruption scandals, the fall of commodity prices, and recent electoral outcomes in Latin America have given rise to the thesis that the left is in decline throughout Latin America. Argentina’s November elections overturned the ruling Peronist coalition, bringing the center-right pragmatist Mauricio Macri to power on December 10. In Brazil, almost daily arrests and revelations in the massive Petrobras corruption scandal threaten the government of President Dilma Rousseff, while Chile’s reputation for good governance has been eroded by graft charges around and within the government of President Michele Bachelet. Meanwhile, polls point toward a historic loss for chavismo in Venezuela’s legislative elections on December 6. Are we witnessing the end of the so-called “left turn” in Latin America, and is the right poised for a comeback? How might the right’s experience in the political wilderness since 2000 shape what happens next? What does the possible resurgence of the right mean for individual countries and for the future of democratic governance across the region? Kent EatonFellow, Wilson Center Agustina GiraudyAssistant Professor, School of International Service, American University Juan Pablo LunaProfessor, Pontifical Catholic University of Chile Cynthia J. ArnsonDirector, Latin American Program, Wilson Center

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Latin American Program

The Wilson Center’s prestigious Latin American Program provides non-partisan expertise to a broad community of decision makers in the United States and Latin America on critical policy issues facing the Hemisphere. The Program provides insightful and actionable research for policymakers, private sector leaders, journalists, and public intellectuals in the United States and Latin America. To bridge the gap between scholarship and policy action, it fosters new inquiry, sponsors high-level public and private meetings among multiple stakeholders, and explores policy options to improve outcomes for citizens throughout the Americas. Drawing on the Wilson Center’s strength as the nation’s key non-partisan forum, the Program serves as a trusted source of analysis and a vital point of contact between the worlds of scholarship and action.  Read more

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