Peru's Elections: A Report From the Field

New estimates by the IMF indicate that this year, Peru will have the fastest economic expansion of any country in Latin America.  Its growth rates over the past several years have been among the region’s highest.

But the distribution of wealth remains highly unequal.  Peru ranks 13 out of 17 countries in the region according to the World Bank’s Human Opportunity Index, the lowest score in all of South America.

The Funes Administration in El Salvador: A Review of the First Year

The March 2009 presidential election of Mauricio Funes in El Salvador represented a turning point in the country's progress towards democracy. Following a bloody twelve-year civil war and almost two decades in the political opposition, the former guerrilla group-turned political party, the Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front (FMLN), won the country's presidential election.

Governance and Democratic Politics in Honduras

On December 8, 2009, the Latin American Program hosted a public forum "Governance and Democratic Politics in Honduras." The event sought to examine the status of democratic governance in Honduras in light of the June 28 coup d'état, November presidential elections, and prospects for reconciliation in the post-electoral period. The meeting was hosted by José Raúl Perales, Senior Program Associate in LAP, and featured presentations by Amb.

La inserción económica internacional de Uruguay

This seminar on the political economy of Uruguay's international economic relations focused on Uruguay's policy choices in light of the global economic crisis and upcoming presidential elections, in one of Latin America's most stable democracies.

History and Politics in Ecuador

On Sunday, April 26, 2009, President Rafael Correa of Ecuador was reelected with overwhelming support for his post-neoliberal economic platform and plans to "re-found" Ecuadoran politics. Three experts reflected on the current political situation in Ecuador and on relevant background in the newly-published The Ecuador Reader.

Outcomes of the October 3 Presidential and General Elections in Brazil

Five hours after the voting polls closed in Brazil, Brazil's Superior Electoral Court announced that 97 percent of the votes had been counted and the runoff between Dilma Rousseff (Workers' Party/PT) and José Serra (Social Democracy Party/PSDB) was set. Why was Rousseff unable to win the election in the first round?