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LSE Latin America and Caribbean Centre Blog Roundup

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Who is to blame for polarisation in Venezuela? While academic research recognises a number of potential drivers of Venezuela’s social and political polarisation, major English-language newspapers tend to depict Chavismo alone as responsible for tearing apart a supposedly peaceful and united nation, writes Alan MacLeod (Glasgow University Media Group). [more]


Where is our political turmoil headed? Look to Bolivia Bolivia’s recent history of political disintegration offers vital insights into how and why party systems across the West are losing their relevance. Everything points to a future where changes in the nature of work and political realignments along racial, religious, ethnic, linguistic, and territorial lines could mark the end of the liberal project, writes Jean-Paul Faguet (LSE International Development). [more]


Una paz violenta: el asesinato de líderes sociales como estrategia de control territorial en Colombia Una consecuencia no intencionada del proceso de paz en Colombia ha sido el recrudecimiento de los asesinatos de líderes de comunidades locales, con más de 500 asesinatos ocurridos desde el 2011. Estos líderes han sido asesinados principalmente por grupos armados ilegales que no participaron del proceso de paz, con el objetivo de ejercer control en zonas previamente controladas por las FARC. Las áreas de mayor ocurrencia de asesinato de líderes son aquellas donde el sistema de justicia es más débil y donde ha habido más solicitudes de restitución de tierras. Esta investigación sugiere que acuerdos de paz incompletos pueden generar un aumento en la violencia, producto de disputas violentas por el control de territorios pacificados. DeMounu Prem, Andrés Rivera, Dario Romero y Juan Vargas. [more]


How can development banks like Mexico’s NAFIN adapt to increasing climate-risk exposure? Risks associated with climate change will inevitably increase costs for many sectors, particularly those dependent on fossil fuels. But new standards for transparency of exposure to climate risk can help smooth the transition. Development banks like Mexico’s NAFIN can lead the way by integrating climate-change targets into their governance, strategies, and structures, writes Marisol Rentería Bravo (Nacional Financiera). [more]